Is it safe to be near a buffer zone when fumigants are being applied?
Never enter the buffer zone when it is in effect. You may engage in your normal activities in areas outside the buffer zone. The buffer zone is intended to provide an extra band of safety around the field being fumigated, and areas outside the buffer zone therefore should not be affected by fumigant applications.
What should I do if I accidentally enter a buffer zone?
Since buffer zones are intended to provide an extra band of safety, you should not experience any exposure or adverse effects if you were to accidentally enter a buffer zone. Nevertheless, if you discover that you are inside a buffer zone, you should leave immediately.
What should I do if I believe I have been exposed to a fumigant?
If you believe you have been exposed to a fumigant, you should contact your doctor for an evaluation. If you are experiencing any severe symptoms, regardless of whether they may be associated with exposure to a fumigant, you should seek immediate medical evaluation and treatment.
Is it safe to enter a buffer zone if the sign remains posted even though I think the buffer zone period has ended?
You should never enter a buffer zone while the sign is posted. The buffer zone period usually ends 48 hours after the application is complete, although the buffer zone may be longer depending on the product used.
What should I do in case of an emergency?
If you believe there is an emergency situation associated with a fumigant application, you should exit the area and call for emergency help -- usually 911 -- immediately.
Does EPA have more information about soil fumigants?
Additional information on soil fumigants can be found on the EPA website.