Surviving An Acid Attack | Worst Case Scenario

On the evening of 14 July 2017, 5 acid attacks took place in London over the course of a 72 minute period. Acid attacks are spontaneous events and usually there is very little that can be done to prevent them.


How to Survive an Acid Attack

1)  Make sure the surrounding area is safe. Make sure you should wear gloves, so you don’t come into contact with the chemical as-well.

St John Ambulance - “If the chemical is in powder form, it can be brushed off of the skin.”

The best action to take is to ‘try and flood the burn with water’ which disperses the acid and stops the burning. This should be done for ‘at least 20 minutes’, and you should make sure that there are ‘no contaminated puddles’ collecting under the victim.


2)  Whilst pouring water to burns, try and gently remove any clothing with acid on it and ensure an ambulance has been called, making sure the casualty is ‘still breathing and responsive’.

If the victim has acid in their eyes, you must hold their eye under gently running cold water for ‘at least 10 minutes’.

The advice continues: “Make sure that contaminated water does not splash the uninjured eye.”


3)  Any witnesses, anyone with information or in possession of footage of these incidents should contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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