DISCLAIMER: We are not liable for you practicing these methods on yourself or others. Please always seek medical attention if and when available.

General tips from a nurse

Pepper Spray/Tear Gas

  • Wear light layers covering all skin to protect against irritants
  • Don’t use oil based products on your skin, like sunscreen, because they can trap chemicals and irritants. Protect yourself from the sun with hats/light layers
  • If you normally wear contacts, wear your glasses instead. Irritants can get stuck under contacts
  • If you come in contact with irritant, blow your nose, rinse out your mouth, cough, and spit to expel as much of the irritant. (Not on other people please, thanks COVID)
  • Bring a bandana soaked in water in a plastic bag. If you come in contact with an irritant, cover your mouth with the bandana to help protect against irritant


  • Don’t compromise your own safety. You can’t help other people if you are hurt.
  • If you see someone who looks like they may require CPR, quickly assess if they are breathing or have a pulse (carotid pulse in their neck is easiest). Don’t waste time! Do this in less than 10 seconds.
  • Shout for someone else in the crowd to call 911 and look for an AED

Remember CAB- Compressions-Airway-Breathing

  • Compressions- Start compressions immediately: put one hand over the other and make a fist. Start compressions on the lower third of their breastbone at 100-120 bpm. Sing “Stayin Alive” to keep yourself on beat.
  • Airway- tilt head back and and lift their chin to open their airway
  • Breathing- If you feel comfortable delivering rescue breaths, pinch their nose, cover their entire mouth with yours, and deliver two rescue breaths.
  • Compressions and rescue breaths should be done at a rate of 30:2.

General Tips

  • Keep yourself safe. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Have your ID and emergency contact info on you in case you’re the one in danger.

Some original sources
From AOC

Sanitization Protocol for Direct Action during COVID-19