- Oct 17, 2012
Bringing my Chemistry knowledge back from the crypt. I was good at it back in my day."Woman seriously injured in acid attack in Blackrock"
"‘Caustic substance’ thrown in woman’s face as she walked in south Dublin on Friday"
Can a caustic substance be an acid?
There's sort of scale called the PH scale. Water is at point zero and on one side there's the acids and the other side there's the alkalines.
so the acids might start with lactic acid (milk) then carbonic acid (not sure on this) then acetic acid (in vinegar) then it gets stronger and more dangerous as you go down the scale with Hydrochloric acid, Nitric acid and the very strong stuff Sulphuric acid (car batteries).
Apparently the Alkalines on the other side of the scale are more aggressive than the acids. And (not sure on this) might be found in nettles bee and wasp stings, poisonous snakes and poisonous frogs, jelly-fish etc.
In London they say the attackers used heavy-duty cleaning fluid... kind of academic whether it's alkaline or acidic it attacks the eyes and skin.
So if you are unlucky to suffer such an attack. rush to a source of water and rinse yourself as soon as possible.
Hence my question to all and sundry back a few posts... would pee do any good if there's no water available. :| If it's a matter of minutes or seconds that make a difference and if you and your friends have just come out of the pub. ... just a suggestion.