No matter how peaceful you may be, police will use various Riot Control Agents (RCAs) against you and your comrades.

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Basic Eye Care

Basic Eye Care

Basic Eye Care

Treating Tear Gas Exposure

Tear gas is a chemical that needs to be flushed from the eyes, and the only thing that really does that well without introducing additional risks is water. There have been studies on water vs. milk vs. baby shampoo vs. other household items and none have shown that anything is better than water. (Source)

Use water to flush out the eyes. Clean, plain, drinkable, cool water is best.

Do NOT use milk. While milk might provide some cooling relief to irritation, it does not do much to help. Studies have NOT shown milk to be more effective than water. Cold milk might feel good in the moment, but the most important thing to do if you get tear gas in your eyes is to flush them out with water. (Source)

If treating exposure to the skin only, other non-water solutions may provide relief.

Treating the effects of tear gas

Treating the effects of tear gas

Treating Pepper Spray Exposure

Similar to tear gas (see above), the goal is to flush out the chemicals from the eyes.

Use water to flush out the eyes. Clean, plain, drinkable, cool water is best.

Do NOT use milk or other substances directly in the eyes.

For pepper spray on the skin: (Source)

  • Cool soap and water. A 25-minute shower with cool water and soap — one that cuts through grease, such as dish soap will provide the best relief.
  • Liquid antacid and water (LAW). If a shower or water for decontamination isn’t readily available, this tends to mitigate the pain of the pepper spray but doesn’t remove it as well as a good shower.

Laser Safety

Burn and Smoke Safety

Review the Burn & Smoke Safety guide, developed by About Face: Veterans Against The War. This provides information on general safety for anyone near fires or smoke during protests, burn first aid, and smoke inhalation first aid. (Source)


The inhalation of smoke of any kind is inherently dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible, but certain materials are especially dangerous and more common than you may realize.

If you see the following materials burning, be aware that you may be subjected to higher levels of toxin exposure:

  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Wood laminate
  • Lyft bikes
  • Rental scooters
  • Oxygen tanks or vehicles/facilities that contain them
  • Fuel tanks including propane, gasoline, generators
  • Electrical materials
  • Construction materials

If you know that you are likely to be exposed to smoke of any kind, please wear the highest level of respiratory protection available to you.

Toxic fumes will also harm your eyes, please also bring the highest level of eye protection available to you.

Street Medic Guide

Become a Riot Medic

Become a Riot Medic