Coping with Tear Gas and Pepper Spray

Most serious survivalists carry pepper spray as the best means
of non-lethal self-defense…… but that’s not what this article is about.

In this article, you’ll learn how to cope with pepper spray or tear gas
being used on you. This is a very real possibility in a war zone, and it’s
not pretty.

If you’ve watched documentaries of past riots, warfare situations,
scenarios where tension is escalating, etc. the first thing the controlling
forces do to disperse the crowds or put an end to the hostile protests, is
to fire tear gas into the crowd.

If it’s small groups of protestors, law enforcement on the ground may use
pepper spray on the protestors. If you’re in the midst of the protest or
just a passer-by who is stuck in the area because of all the blockades, the
chances of you being affected is quite high.

Knowing what to do during times like these will mean saving yourself from a
lot of discomforts. Let’s look at a few tips you can follow.

* Avoid the affected areas
Prevention is better than cure. If you know that the area you’re going to
be in might have protests, it’s best to steer clear. Even peaceful protests
can get violent in minutes and you do not want to be caught in the melee
that ensues.

* Don’t panic
If despite your best efforts, you find yourself in a situation where tear
gas is being fired into the crowds, do not panic. Do not try picking up and
throwing the tear-gas canister away. It will be hot.

Do not rub your face or skin that comes into contact with the chemicals.
That will just make it worse.

* Carry a pair of goggles
Keep a pair of goggles with you if you travel in a war zone. This could be
swimming googles, or a gas mask or any eyewear that forms an airtight seal
over your eyes. Most people will probably have a pair of swimming goggles
at home. This is probably your best option.

If your eyes are protected, that’s half the battle won. Now you can see
where you’re going and beat a hasty retreat instead of staggering around
in blind agony as your eyes water and burns.

* Stick to glasses
Never wear contact lenses when you’re in an area where there are protests.
The chemicals in the tear gas will penetrate the semi-permeable membrane of
the contact lens and cause your eyes to burn immensely. Immediately remove
your contacts if you’re in such a situation.

* Be prepared
Sometimes, you may have no choice but to go to the store or the hospital or
somewhere where you’re needed. In times like these, if you’re in a war zone
the situation can be highly unpredictable, and you will need to stay
prepared.

When going out, carry a small bag with spare clothes, eye goggles, a few
shemagh or bandannas, a few bottles of water and some antacid (Gaviscon,
Alka-Seltzer, etc.) or baking soda. All these items have a purpose.

When you’re in the midst of the chaos, the first thing to do will be to
wear the goggles. Next, soak the bandanna in water and tie it around your
mouth. Now you can breathe through your mouth. Once you do that, run away
as fast as you can.

If your skin has been exposed to the chemicals and they burn, dilute the
antacids in water and wash your skin with them. You may also gargle and
spit out this improvised decontamination mixture.

While it may seem like these are simple solutions and might not work,
rest assured that they are very potent and can make a world of difference
when you’re in pain. Ideally, you should get home and take a good shower
to get rid of all the residue.

Keep these tips in mind and always remember to be aware of the situations
around you. Knowing where the problem spots are and avoiding them is your
best option.

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