5 things you should do when contaminated with Pepper Spray

20070326-ps decontaminationThis thought has probably crossed your mind once in a while: what if I use my pepper spray and get some of it on myself? 

Scary thought, isn’t it?
Here is what you do in this unplesant situation:

– Manufacturers and chemists recommend lots of soap and RUNNING water. Just splashing on water spreads the pepper spray and burns more skin. Submerge whatever part is affected under a running stream of water and try to do so for 10 to 15 minutes.

– If it’s in your eyes, flush with lots and lots of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and discard contact lenses.

– If you have vegetable or olive oil for cooking, rub some on the affected area to dissolve the pepper spray, then flush with water.

– DO NOT apply lotion or cream of any kind – even suntan lotion – to skin that’s been sprayed. You’ll only reactivate the pepper spray and intensify the burn.

– Try to relax and wait it out. Hard to do, granted, but the burning will subside after an hour or so, and should vanish in several hours.