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How to Self-Decontaminate after a Radiation Emergency

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Municipal (tap) water sources may be contaminated during a radiation emergency.

  • If the tap water is contaminated, public health officials may recommend that you drink bottled water instead of tap water.
  • You can still use tap water for decontamination. Any radioactive material that gets into surface water or ground water sources will be diluted to very low levels by the water and will be safe to use for washing skin, hair, and clothing.
 

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