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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-04 08:24 PM
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1. I don't think I'd wash my eyes out with Maalox
but the other suggestions were great.

Pepper spray hurts like hell, but it's benign, meaning the pain doesn't signify injury to tissues. This is chile season in NM, and most of the population is going around with sore eyes from forgetting and rubbing their eyes after they've been peeling roasted chile for a while. If you feel you must flush your eyes (and you undoubtedly will), using plain water is a much better idea. Maalox is a suspension, which means very fine particles of grit suspended in water. Grit isn't good for sensitive eye tissue and there's no acid to neutralize, so why take the risk?

In the meantime, it looks like my suggestion to dress like a Repug in order to create good street theater is a good one from a safety standpoint, too. Covering up seems to be the best protection against skin contact with CS gas. Theme park clothing doesn't offer a whole lot of protection.

Good luck to all of you, stay safe, and give them hell!
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