What to do if you are hit with tear gas: seek high ground, find fresh air, and rinse off with cool water
Hilary Brueck,Canela López,Samantha LeeJun 3, 2020, 21:47 IST
Try to avoid coming in contact with the cloud of tear gas as much as possible. Close your mouth, and (if possible) your eyes, while seeking high ground, away from the chemical powder.
As quickly as possible, wash any riot control agent from your skin with large amounts of soap and cool water. Take extra care to wash and lather your hands well before you touch your face, so you won't hurt yourself again.
If your eyes are burning or your vision is blurred, take off your glasses and take out contacts with clean hands, then rinse your eyes with plain water for several minutes.
Take off clothing that may have the chemicals on it as soon as possible, and leave other soiled items like shoes outside to air out.
Shower when you get home, using cool water to avoid further irritation. Do your best not to breathe in more tear gas during the shower, and keep your eyes closed. Wash your hair especially well.