What You Must Do If You Or Someone You Know Is Attacked With Acid


In light of the recent acid attacks in London, important advice has been issued to ‘minimise’ the effects if it happens to you or if you witness an attack.

The advice has been issued as police investigate a string of five acid attacks that took place in east London over the course of just 90 minutes last night.

Two male suspects on a moped carried out the attacks in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington on Thursday night. A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with the attacks – and all of the victims were taken to hospital, with one of them suffering ‘life-changing injuries’.

So what should you do if you’re involved in an attack? The first step to take if someone has been attacked with acid is to make sure the area around them is safe and you should wear gloves, so you don’t come into contact with the chemical also.

Advice from St John Ambulance says: “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.

Next step: While still pouring water to injuries, try and gently remove any clothing with acid on it and call an ambulance, 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.”


So far this year, excluding last night, 119 such attacks have been recorded.

Last night’s attacks come just weeks after Resham Khan, 21, and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, were targeted in Beckton, East London, in June on Khan’s 21st birthday.

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Attacks involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012 with London having the most dramatic rise in recent years.

According to The Metropolitan Police, there were 261 attacks in 2015, rising to 458 last year.

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.