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Exposure during chemical attack

What should I do if I've been exposed to a chemical attack?


Remove all clothing and other items in contact with the body. Cut contaminated clothing off that needs to be removed over the head to avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth. If possible, put contaminated items in a plastic bag and seal.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. Remove contacts or glasses. Put glasses in a pan of household bleach to decontaminate. Flush eyes with lots of water. Gently wash face and hair with soap and water and thoroughly rinse with water.

Decontaminate area of the body likely to have been contaminated. Blot (do not swab or scrape) with a cloth soaked in soapy water and rinse with clear water. Change into uncontaminated clothes.

Listen to local authorities for specific instructions. If possible, proceed to a medical facility for screening.

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Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:43