What if I’m accidentally sprayed with bear spray?

Getting sprayed with bear spray will cause your eyes to close and tear up. The pain can last up to 45 minutes, but getting sprayed does no permanent damage.

If you’re accidentally sprayed with bear spray, wash your eyes repeatedly with clear water and pat dry. Resist the urge to rub, that will intensify the effects. Effects should wear off in about 45 minutes. Bear spray is oil-based, so wash with soap and water if you get bear spray on your skin, clothing or equipment. Pre-packaged wipes will come in handy if you don’t have soap.

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