What To Do In The Event Of An Acid Attack

  • Acid Attack Prevention
Due to the Recent events in Stratford Town Centre, we want to ensure that all of our members, employees and residents know what to do in the event of an acid attack. There are certain steps to take to ensure that the victim of an attack make the best possible recovery.

Call an ambulance

- Anyone attacked in this way will need emergency medical treatment and LAS must be called straight away.

Request the Police

- If the police are not in attendance then they must be requested as an acid attack is a serious criminal offence.

Flush with Water

- The immediate care treatment is the same for both an acid and an alkali attack; flush with copious amounts of water to remove the chemical and cool the affected area. Use of the hose reel on low pressure with the branch set to flush is ideal for this, the priority being to remove the chemical (not neutralise it) from the casualty as quickly as possible as burning will continue until the entire chemical has gone. While flushing the skin, care must be taken to prevent the water flowing over unaffected areas as this will spread the damage. This flushing should be maintained for 20 minutes to remove the chemical and cool the affected area. Do not allow acid to enter the nose or mouth as it is important that the casualty’s airway is maintained. Flush these areas first to limit damage.

Remove Contaminated Clothing

- Remove contaminated clothing to remove the chemical and provide better access to flush affected skin, but take great care not to pull clothing over the head. Consider cutting off clothing as a safer way to prevent the spread of the contamination to unaffected skin, either the casualty’s or your own.

Don’t Cover Burns or Wipe

- Do not cover acid burns with bandages or burns dressings and do not try to wipe the acid off the skin using a damp cloth or neutralise it with soda ash, as this can cause more harm.

Further information can be found on the NHS website

Acid Response Kit. Minimum of:

- 500ml water

- Safety goggles

- Heavy duty nitrile gloves

You may also wish to add the following:

- Cling film

- Protective suits

- Face masks

- Tuf cut scissors

- Clinical waste bags