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What is Styrene gas?? How it has been spread so fast?

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Styrene gas chemical name is ethylbenzene, Venylbenzene and phenylethene. It is a organic compound ,liquid oily in nature and yellowish in color. Ethylbenzene is mostly used in the chemical industries.

It is also called PVC gas, polystyrene is found in different forms, Styrene or Polystyrene Plastic, Polystyrene Foam (often referred to as Styrofoam), and Polystyrene Film.

Change in temperature could lead to the polymerization and then vaporization. As per the LG Polymers statement  same thing happened in the Vizag also.

When styrene gas spread in air. It may lead to irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, as well as Gastro-intestinal effects.Chronic exposure to styrene leads to effects on the central nervous system (CNS), such as headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression, CNS dysfunction, hearing loss, and peripheral neuropathy.

LG Polymers in Vizag makes polystyrene and expandable polystyrene, a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products like toys and appliances. It has been in operation since 1961. Company is working from such a long time. Definitely some thing went wrong on 7 May 2020. This is a matter of investigation but government must educate people to what to do and what not to do in this type of situation.

First step to bring the situation in control is to not panic and shout. This can make your lungs suffocated.

Do not run here and there and tire yourself. This makes the situation worse and affects your body harmfully.

Do not leave the house without wearing a mask. Step out only if very necessary.

Use wet masks to avoid inhaling the poisonous gas. If you do not have the mask, cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth.

 

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