How to protect yourself from chemical agents, and what to do if you’ve been pepper sprayed.
Are you counterprotesting racists this weekend? Be prepared for pepper spray.
An excerpt from “Defend the Territory! Tactics and Techniques for Countering Police Assaults on Indigenous Communities”.
Protective Gear for Chemical Agents
“A minimum defence against chemical agents is the use of eye goggles and a covering over the nose and mouth (such as a bandana or mask). This is greatly improved with a filter mask in place of the bandana. The most effective protection against chemical agents is a military issue gasmask.
Goggles: Goggles vary from those used in swimming to skiing goggles or workshop-type eye protection goggles. Swimming goggles and other types that form a tight barrier around the eyes, thereby keeping out chemical agents,also have a tendency to fog up. Those with small air holes along the side and top rim fog up less, but can allow small droplets of chemical agents into the eye area.
Bandana: Improvised protection against tear gas has included goggles (the type that seal around the eyes and have no small airholes) along with a bandana soaked in apple-cider vinegar. The bandana can be carried in Zip-loc bags until needed. A bottle of apple-cider vinegar should be carried in a group, as the bandana can become dried out. Any piece of suitably sized cloth can be used in place of a bandana.
Filter mask: These are usually half face masks that cover the nose and mouth, with filters that can be replaced. They can be acquired from hardware and industrial supply stores, for uses such as aerosol painting, renovations, or jobs producing large amounts of dust. An average cost is $25. A recommended mask is the 3M half mask filter with a P100 filter (P100 is a recommended rating for CS, CN, and OC chemical agents). Goggles must be worn with a half face mask to protect the eyes. Full face mask versions are also available, although more expensive.
Gas mask: The best type of protection against chemical agentsis a full-face gas mask,such as those found in military surplus stores ori ndustrial supply stores.Common military gasmasks available include the Canadian Forces issued C4 version (no longer in production),as well as Israeli civilian gas masks. Prices are usually around$50 or more for a military gas mask in surplus stores.
First Aid for chemical agents
Eye/face wash: The most common and readily available treatment for chemical agents is flushing the eyes and face with water. A water bottle with a small cap and which is squeezable is recommended, as this produces a stronger stream of water. (Note: do not use hot water as this will open the skin pores and increase severity of chemical agents - eds.) When flushing the eyes, the head should be tilted to the side so that contaminated water can flow off the face. Street medics often use a diluted liquid antacid solution,usually Maalox. The mix is half water, half Maalox. It is placed in a squeezable bottle, and used in the same way as water. Along with the eyes, it is also important to wash off any chemical agents that has landed on exposed skin. Failure to do so can result in blistering of the skin.Sudecon is a decontamination wipe produced by FoxLabs (who also make pepper spray), often used by police and paramedics for CS, CN, and OC agents. It comes in a small foil pouch and opens to a towelette 8 X 12 inches in size. The manufacturer recommends two wipes be used per casualty, andclaims to enable recovery after 7 to 15 minutes. A Sudecon wipecosts approx. $2 each. Vexor produces an OC First Aid towelette that is similar to Sudecon.Fresh air: The casualty should be removed from the area if possible, and preferably placed in a cool, windy location.
Decontamination: Any contaminated clothing and gear should be removed as soon as practical and placed in a garbage bag. Contaminated clothing can later be cleaned in a washing machine, while packs etc., can be scrubbed with soapy water. If this is not done, wherever the casualty and/or their gear goes will become contaminated with the chemical agent (such as vehicles,rooms, tents, etc). If possible, the casualty should also shower as soon as possible to remove chemical agents from the skin and hair.”
(Note: when removing clothing, if possible do not lift shirt over eyes, as this may increase eye exposure to chemical agents. Cut off shirt instead. - eds.)
SO… I don’t have a scanner and had to run this through an exposure editor a few times, BUT here is a traditional drawing of my detective from the Wayhaven demo (and will probably be my detective in the normal game along with Felicity.)
Her name is Kira Linn, she will use pepper spray in a pinch, thinks hitting a coffee machine is a great way to fix it and absolutely despises Adam’s ‘modern art’ redecorating of her office (she’s very materialistic and absolutely plans on getting him back for that… perhaps with more pepper spray.)
I do hope my picture looks good enough, haha, this is why I’m dubious about putting my traditional art online without use of a scanner. *shifts eyes side to side*
I’m seeing a lot on my dash today about the illegality of pepper spray and I really don’t know why it is illegal when it’s overwhelming used for self defence. People say “Oh but it could be used as an offensive weapon to blind someone in an attack” but if a criminal wanted to blind someone he would use any caustic spray in an attack instead. It’s the same principle as the gun problem, here where criminals can’t get guns they get knives instead.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while actually because a friend of mine had a stalker for a while and he openly attacked her when she was walking home from rugby one day. Thankfully this girl is tough as nails and she fought him off but what if he’d chosen someone who wouldn’t have been able to put up a fight? Someone who couldn’t defend themselves physically and had nothing else to use, like pepper spray, to even the odds.
This wouldn’t be as big an issue if you could rely on the police to protect you but even in the bad areas of town you hardly see any police on foot, you can’t rely on them to protect you on the street let alone any back alley or ginnel. If the police can’t protect you, what’s the sense in taking away something that lets women protect themselves?