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First Aid advice after acid attack rise.

Byline: KEANE DUNCAN keane.duncan@trinitymirror.com @keanedunk

A DOZEN offences involving toxic chemicals have been recorded across Teesside so far in 2017.

The figures come as the number of acid attacks rises across the UK.

And it is up significantly on the total of 18 violent attacks involving acid or other noxious substances across Cleveland Police area between 2011 and 2016.

There have been several incidents across the region in recent weeks.

On Monday, a woman in Newton Aycliffe was left with chemical burns after a group of teenagers sprayed a corrosive substance in her face.

Last week, The Gazette reported how a masked man squirted turpentine from a Fairy Liquid bottle at a worker as part of a Post Office robbery in Easterside.

It is just one of 12 separate offences involving toxic chemicals reported by Cleveland Police this year.

In another attack, reminiscent of a spate of drive-by acid attacks in the capital, a non-toxic "liquid substance" was thrown in the face of a woman as she walked with her partner close to Cineworld in Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The significant increase of acid related crimes has prompted an increase in inquiries for advice to St John Ambulance.

And the first aid charity has now issued a step-by-step first aid advice on what to do to treat chemical burns.

Chemical burns 1. Make sure the area around the casualty is safe. Wear gloves to prevent you coming into contact with the chemical. If the chemical is in powder form, it can be brushed off the skin.

2. Flood the burn with water for at least 20 minutes to disperse the chemical and stop the burning. Ensure the water does not collect underneath the casualty.

3. Gently remove any contaminated clothing while flooding the injury.

4. Arrange to send the casualty to hospital. Monitor vital signs, such as breathing, pulse and level of response. Chemical burn to the eye 1. Hold the casualty's affected eye under gently running cold water for at least 10 minutes. Irrigate the eyelid thoroughly both inside and out.

2. Make sure that contaminated water does not splash the uninjured eye 3. Ask the casualty to hold a clean, non-fluffy pad over the injured eye.

4. Arrange to send the casualty to hospital.

Caution | Never attempt to neutralise acid or alkali burns unless you are trained to do so | Do not delay starting treatment by searching for an antidote | Do not allow the casualty to touch the injured eye | Do not forcibly remove a contact lens First aid information is available on the free St John Ambulance app for by visiting sja.org.uk.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 4, 2017
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