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If you are a pepper spray owner, it is important to know how to treat an area that has been affected by pepper spray, in case it is ever blown back on you or if you accidentally spray it on yourself or someone else.
Let’s first start off with the some background information about what actually is in pepper spray formula.
The formulation is an oleoresin capsicum solution derived from hot peppers. It’s an effective inflammatory agent that works on the eyes, respiratory system and mucous membranes. The formulation impairs breathing from the mouth and dilates the capillaries of the eye, leaving the assailant temporary without sight and short of breath.
CAUTION: FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN FIRST OR SECOND DEGREE BURNS, SEVERE SKIN IRRITATION, DEPIGMENTATION OR OTHER SKIN INJURY.
- Remove contact lenses and contaminated clothing immediately. Contaminated clothing should be washed or dry-cleaned, as appropriate, prior to re-use to prevent skin injury
- Flush contaminated area with large quantities of cool water or a diluted baking soda solution and expose the area to fresh air as soon as possible
- Do not apply salves, creams, oils or lotions as they can trap the irritant agent against the skin and result in blisters or burns
- Consult a physician if irritation persists
- Recommended Mace Brand product:
The Relief decontamination spray is designed to help speed up the decontamination time needed to recover. The specialized herbal extract formula cuts through the capsaicinoids that cause the burning sensation in the eyes.
For more information about the Mace Brand Relief decontamination spray, click here.
After you take care of the above steps, now its onto decontaminating the area of where the pepper spray was sprayed.
The techniques described below have proven successful in reducing the irritant agent contamination, especially on surfaces which are hard and non-absorbent.
The decontamination of a building and items of equipment may be attempted by following the three steps outlined below. Safety wear, including but not limited to eye protection, respiratory protection, rubber gloves and protective clothing should be worn.
The single, most important step in the decontamination process is to remove all airborne particles of the irritant agent within the building.
Doors and windows should be opened to create cross ventilation. Wherever possible, active ventilation should be employed to exhaust the air from the building to the outdoors. Active ventilation is usually best accomplished by arranging an exhaust fan to provide a constant flow of air in a single direction through the building to the outdoors. The exhaust fan should remain in operation until the total decontamination process is complete.
Cloth covered furniture, disposable goods and other items which cannot be decontaminated should be removed. These items can either be destroyed or exposed to the air, breeze and sunlight which may reduce their contamination.
Wipe Down/Wash Down
In most cases, the irritant agent may be removed by wiping down the affected areas with a mild solution of a detergent dissolved in lukewarm water.
Do not use hot water, as this will cause the irritant agent to become airborne. Rubber gloves should be worn to protect the hands from the irritant agent. The material used in the cleanup operation should be disposed of after use.
Carpets and rugs should be cleaned to remove any residual irritant agent. All disposal practices must be in compliance with all Federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations. Regulations may vary in different locations.