Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Safest car ever update: Tesla reminds those responding to Model S accidents to wear full hazmat suits and "take appropriate measures to protect civilians downwind from the incident"

W.L. writes: will be interested in the First Responders instructions page for the Tesla S.

 The PDF is copy protected but the bits on double-cutting the high voltage cable, not distorting the battery compartment as the battery may burn for 24 hours while you must protect "civilians" in the area,  wearing your full hasmat gear and all the locations of high strength steel... which you will not be able to cut with standard issue rescue tools, make sobering reading.
From the PDF above [posted on the Tesla website]: 
Responders should wear full PPE, including SCBA, and take appropriate measures to protect civilians downwind from the incident.  Use fog streams or PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fans to direct vapors.
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Hazmat suit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A hazmat suit (hazardous materials suit) is a piece of personal protective equipment that consists of an impermeable whole-body garment worn as protection against hazardous materials. Such suits are often combined with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to ensure a supply of breathable air. Hazmat suits are mostly used by firefighters, researchers, personnel responding to toxic spills, specialists cleaning up contaminated facilities and workers in toxic environments.

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