Meth Labs, Meth Lab Response, and Meth Users Program
Stamp out Meth Labs

This free 104-slide PowerPoint presentation familiarizes public safety personnel about:  how to recognize a lab if you are approaching one or are in one, how to recognize a dangerous meth user, the chemicals used in clandestine meth manufacture, and what to do if you encounter a user or lab.

This is a free program from the Fireighters Support Foundation (FSF).

Stamp out Meth Labs

PowerPoint program

Meth trash

Methlab trash contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic.  The chemicals can explode, catch fire, and burn your skin if it comes in contact with them.  You should be especially careful not to touch any trash bags that you might see by by the side of the road.

Meth cylinder

Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place (middle of a field, ditch line, wooded area) that has a modified valve.  The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it.

Here is a list of how to spot a meth lab.  There are signs of meth manufacturing inside and outside of a house:

  1. Strong smell of urine, or unusual chemical odors such as ammonia or acetone.
  2. Windows blacked-out, traffic at odd hours, people going outside to smoke.
  3. Signs of chemical burns and spills, dark red phosphorous stains in the sinks, toilets or bathtubs, or red staining on the interior walls, counter-tops and flooring.
  4. Visible areas in the yard where chemicals have been dumped, or burn pits with chemical container remains, dead or dying vegetation.
  5. Packaging or containers from large quantities of cold medicines.
  6. Jars containing clear liquid with a white or red-colored solid on the bottom, jars with shiny metallic purple crystals inside, bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached.
  7. Glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery residue.
  8. Coffee filters unused and used with red stains, white paste or small amounts of shiny white crystals in them.
  9. Soft silver or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or Kerosene.
  10. Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue or green.
  11. Excessive trash with large amounts of the following: alcohol, benzene, toluene/paint thinner, Freon, acetone, chloroform, camp stove fuel, starter fluid, anti-freeze, anhydrous ammonia, Heet, white gasoline, phenyl-2-propane, phenyl acetone, phenyl propanolamine, iodine crystals, red phosphorous, black iodine, lye, Drano, muriatic or hydrochloric acid, battery acid or sulphuric acid, Epsom salts, batteries/lithium, sodium metal, wooden matches, propane cylinders, hot plates, ephedrine, pseudo-ephedrine, cold tablets, bronchodilators, energy boosters, rock salt, diet aids.

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