Teargas is commonly used by law enforcement agencies around the world to control crowds or disperse rioters. Teargas can also be used as a tool in home invasion situations or by attackers. Whatever the reason for its use, teargas causes serious irritation and discomfort. It is crucial to take precautionary measures immediately after exposure to teargas to avoid long-term injuries. In this blog, we will outline the basic steps for neutralizing the effects of teargas exposure and how our teargas cleanup technicians can help.
Step 1: Escape the Source and Begin Decontamination
The first and most crucial step is to escape the source of teargas exposure and start decontamination as soon as possible. People exposed to tear gas should remove themselves immediately from the area and move to a nearby open space. Rinse off exposed skin and clothes with cold water.
To prevent the tear gas solution from spreading, avoid rubbing or wiping the skin, which could initiate further irritation or introduce the solution to your eyes or mouth.
Step 2: Dispose of Contaminated Clothing and Accessories
The second step is to dispose of contaminated clothing and accessories. Teargas residue is strong and can stay on clothes and accessories for a long time, continuing to irritate the victim. Discard clothes and accessories in plastic bags to avoid further contamination. Flush accessories like glasses that came in contact with the irritant with cold water as well.
Below is a list of items that may be potentially damaged by exposure to teargas residue:
- Clothing & Accessories (such as jackets, hats, scarves, bags, belts, and shoes).
- Jewelry (including watches and rings).
- Electronics (including phones, laptops, and cameras).
- Furniture & Upholstery.
- Carpeting & Rugs.
- Fabrics (including curtains and drapes).
- Appliances (such as air conditioning units, refrigerators, and stoves).
- Paintings & Wallpaper.
- Plumbing & Electrical Fixtures.
You can contact our professional team to determine which items must be discarded to protect your family and home from the tear gas residue.
Step 3: Ventilate the Area
The third step is to ventilate the area as much as possible. Open all windows, doors, and vents to maximize airflow and disperse any lingering tear gas fumes. If practical, use fans or an air purifier to increase ventilation further.
Step 4: Seek Medical Attention if Needed
If the discomfort does not go away, consider visiting your medical care provider. Over-the-counter medications can alleviate the swelling and inflammation of exposed skin, and specialized creams may also be prescribed for severe cases of skin irritation.
Keep in mind, there is no specific treatment for exposure to teargas, so it is best to visit a doctor if you experience any symptoms.
The Effects of Teargas on Our Body
The effects of teargas on our body can range from mild irritation to severe discomfort. Eye and respiratory irritation are common symptoms, with other potential issues such as skin rashes, headaches, nausea, and vomiting also occurring. In more serious cases, the use of tear gas can lead to lung damage, respiratory failure, or even death. It can also cause significant pain to those exposed and can result in temporary or permanent blindness.
If you need help with teargas cleanup, Bio-One of Modesto can help!
Teargas can be severely irritating, causing significant discomfort, long-lasting injuries, and temporary blindness. It is crucial to know how to neutralize its effects to protect yourself or the people in your care. In this blog, we have shared the basic steps for neutralizing teargas exposure. If you or someone you know has been exposed, follow these essential steps and seek medical help if necessary.
With Bio-One of Modesto, you can be sure to receive the highest level of biohazard cleaning services. Our experienced crews are fully certified and can assist in teargas cleanup with the utmost safety and sensitivity. Contact us now if you or someone you know needs help!
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