Going to protest George Floyd's death? Here's how to protect yourself against tear gas, pepper spray

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How to protect yourself from tear gas and pepper spray at protests:

The chemical irritant can cause a feeling of “bubbling” or “boiling” in your eyes, temporary blindness and eye pain. The effects can last from 30 to 45 minutes. Glatter said symptoms also may include burning in the throat, wheezing, dry cough, gagging and difficulty speaking.

Immediately blinking allows tears to help flush away some of the oils contained in the pepper spray. However, he recommended using baby shampoo or diluted dish-washing soap with water to remove them. Along with pain and tear production, tear gas also causes exaggerated muscle cramping in the eye and sensitivity to light that leads to eye closure, Glatter said.

Actual burns and blisters could form as a result. Ingestion of tear gas through the mouth can also lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.Johnson-Arbor strongly urges people not to pick up tear gas canisters. She's seen reports of protesters throwing them back at authorities, a practice which can be very dangerous.

If the tear gas was released outdoors, the agency advised seeking the highest ground possible as the dense vapor cloud travels close to the ground. If exposed indoors, leave the building as soon as possible. Glatter said contact lenses should be removed with clean gloves and glasses should be washed with soap and water. Glasses can be used again, but the CDC advises against reusing the contacts, even if they’re not disposable.

Cases of prolonged exposure could result in first- and second-degree burns and blistering. The CDC recommended treating with standard burn management techniques including use of medicated bandages.


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Would not be better to post an article how to stay safe at home and to refresh legacy of Martin Luther King and inform your readers why voting matters? You just encourage more people to get hurt. Why?

And for business owners?....bring ammo?.....WTF is wrong with you people

Goggles or glasses?

Don’t forget the all important hiding masks!!!!!!!!!

Democrat cities are in shambles; democrats are telling people to vote. VoteThemAllOut WalkAwayFromDemocrats

Hey kiddies don't forget your accelerates, bats, bricks, and most importantly your ky jelly because you're all pawns getting Fu©ked by your leaders.

Apparently milk is also thought to negate the affects of tear gas.

Nice coaching. Do you want this anarchy to continue? Seems so.

Absolute disgusting reporting. Thanks USA today

You’ve got to be kidding me...you suck

Wow you actually tweeted this? The only reason I follow USA Today is so I can keep up with the irresponsible logic we the people are up against!

Is this supposed to be funny? No peaceful protesters have been tear gassed. Lafayette Park was NOT tear gassed. Stop lying to the public. Babylon Nee is more believable than you, and they are straight parody!

You guys suck. Tell them not to riot!

This is disgusting!

شوفوا الصحافة الحرة والمحترمة، ماقالوا شرذمة ومندسين، لكن ينصرون الحق والشعوب.

Eh thanks but this is a better list.

A looter and rioting sympathizer.

is inviting thugs and looters to continue the terrorist act against our country. Shame on you!!

This is suspicious, it's like you're inciting the masses! How despicable.

Bring gas mask, body armor, bat...

The new norm?

Well usually..you don't need this stuff for a 'protest'.

A rioters guide to destroying a city. is a pathetic rag!

Are you putting fuel over that ? Are u inciting extremists ?

How about: Protest peacefully, don't be inflammatory, don't throw anything, don't loot, then go home.

Are you inviting the people to continue with the protest and distruying the country ?

Is this a joke?

Do Nothing DemocRATs In NEW YORK CITY

You mean how to prepare for a riot, right?

Are you serious. These rioters need to be tear gassed. Perhaps if it was your home or business you may feel differently

How do we protect ourselves against antifa?

So basically fakenewsmedia is encouraging people to loot and riot?🙄 no wonder POTUS called you the EnemyOfThePeople

Stay home 💁‍♀️

Using traffic cones to cover up the canisters, then pouring water from the top will help put out the gas

Don't riot

Ask the Iraqis, they have the best experience including Iran’s militias killing them ..

This ia another great video to show how to neutralize those tear gas canisters…

Get some pylons…

Tips to tear gas at a protest. Now I've heard it all....

Tell ppl how to protect their businesses from looters.Theyd appreciate too.

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