After a long five days of work, the weekend is often a time for us to relax and maybe even get the chance to go out for a night. This usually means catching a movie or sitting down at a restaurant to get a nice meal without the hassle of cooking or cleaning up. Restaurant goers in Alcoa, however, were greeted with more than just the smell of steaks on Friday night.
Seventeen people that visited a Texas Roadhouse restaurant were taken to the hospital after noxious fumes filled the steakhouse. Around 10pm, patrons began complaining of a chemical smell. Soon they started to suffer from eye irritation and respiratory problems. Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and evacuated all the diners.
The cause of the dangerous fumes is believed to have been triggered by an employee mixing bleach with other chemicals. When bleach is mixed with substances like ammonia, it quickly releases highly toxic fumes which in large doses can be deadly.
If you or someone close to you is ever exposed to toxic fumes caused by bleach you should immediately get to fresh air and seek emergency medical attention. Once you’re in a safe place, you can contact 911 or Poison Control to be advised on how to handle the situation. If you’ve made the mistake of mixing chemicals and managed to leave the area before inhaling the fumes, don’t return to the area to ventilate it until the fumes have had time to dissipate.
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The poor choice of one employee led to the suffering of seventeen others. So who can be held responsible? Is it the employee’s fault or the restaurant for not properly training them?
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Source. WMCtv.com, ‘http://www.wmctv.com/story/23037794/17-recovering-from-fumes-at-tenn-restaurant,’ August 03, 2013.
Source. KnoxNews.com, ‘http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/02/alcoa-restaurant-evacuated-due-to-fumes/,’ August 02, 2013.
Source. About.com, ‘http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicchemicals/a/Mixing-Bleach-And-Ammonia.htm,’ Anne Marie Helmenstine, 2013.