b'Incident Response StepsStep 6. Respond to Protect People, Propertyand the EnvironmentThe protection of people is always the highest priority. Protective actions are those steps taken to preserve the health and safety of emergency responders https://vimeo.com/436583741and the public during a pipeline incident. While the pipeline operator con-centrates on isolating the pipeline, responders should concentrate on isolat-ing and removingignition sources and moving the publicout of harms way. Several response procedures can and should be pursued simultaneously. You will also need to continually reassess and modify your response accordingly.Eliminate Ignition SourcesIgnitionsourcesinclude:electricalmotors,firearms,vehicles, telephones, cell phones, emergency radios, cigarettes, construc-tionequipment,personalelectronicdevices,staticelectricity, open flames or sparks. Eliminate ignition sources, if possible without additional exposure or great risk. This may include having the utility company cut the power. Park all emergency vehicles at a safe distance beyond the isolation zone (upwind). Do NOT light a match, start an engine, use a telephoneThe DOT Emergency Response or radio, switch lights on or off, or use anything that mayGuidebook (ERG) containsextensive information oncreate a spark. hazardous materials.Rescue and Evacuate PeopleAny efforts made to rescue persons and protect property or the environ-mentmustbeweighedagainstthe possibilitythatyoucouldbecome part of the problem.notwalkordriveintoa Do vapor cloud or puddle of liq-uid.Evacuate or shelter-in-place as necessary,providinginstruc-tionandfrequentupdatesto the public while evacuated or sheltered-in-place.Administer first aid and medical treatment, as needed.Enter the area only when wearing appropriate protective gear, such as Structural Fire Fighters Protective Clothing (SFPC) (helmet, coat, pants, boots, gloves and hood) and a Positive Pressure Self-Contained 23 2023 by Pipeline Association for Public Awareness'