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25 August 2017, 12:18
Carnival organisers are bringing modified bottles of water and clingfilm to the event this weekend - after warnings about acid attacks this weekend.
NHS advice says acid victims should have a constant stream of clean water - like a shower - poured on them.
Social media has been flooded with rumours about gangs planning acid attacks during the Carnival on Sunday and Monday.
Someone informed me that some man are looking to bring bottles of acid to splash on girls on carnival, stay safe everyone— Mr Classic Man (@UncleObz) August 15, 2017
Ansel Wong, Artistic Director for the Elimu Mas Academy band, who are performing at the Carnival, has told LBC reporter Rachael Venables that they have responded to the risk.
He said: "We have three lorries in our procession and on each, we will have bottles of water adapted by drilling holes in the top, so that you can get a shower effect by spraying it on to the individual. And also rolls of cling film, so we can cover the affected areas.
"Recently, the preponderance of acid attacks have added another dimension to our preparations and our planning.
"As responsible individuals, you have to look at every eventuality and prepare for it."
This is what to do if you are sprayed with acid:
1. The most important step is to immediately wash the affected body part with plenty of fresh or saline water
2. Dirty water can cause severe infection, so only rinse the burn with clean water
3. Keep flushing the burn with cool, but not very cold water until the burning sensation starts fading. This could take up to 45 minutes
4. Remove any jewellery or clothing which has had contact with the acid
5. Do not apply any cream or ointment as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors
6. If possible, wrap the affected area in a sterilised gauze to protect the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination
7. Get to A&E as quickly as possible