July 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #109: How to wash off Pepper Spray and Tear Gas

Tip of the Week

Is there a best way to wash off pepper spray? Fresh air helps, and washing twice with soap is recommended. Try not to rub! Donīt use a soap that contains a lot of oils, and donīt apply oily lotions--they will carry tear gas particles deeper into your skin and prolong your discomfort. Remove any contact lenses if you get tear gas into your eyes--but not with fingers that have additional tear gas contamination. Donīt touch your face before washing your hands after contacting tear gas. Remove any contaminated clothing, as you may recontaminate yourself from them.

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