What to do if you see, smell, or touch oil or tar as a result of the gulf oil spill. Created: 7/29/2010 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 7/29/2010. Series Name: CDC Radio.
Public health experts have some advice for people visiting places affected by the recent gulf oil spill. Avoid areas of land and water where you see or smell oil or tar, and keep your pets away from it, too. If oil or tar touch your skin, wash it off with soap and water. Remove stubborn spots with baby oil or petroleum jelly. You don't need to use harsh detergents or solvents. Removing the tar or oil will prevent the chemicals in it from irritating your skin.
This message is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.