Breathing in a toxic agent may result in serious injury or death.
If you need to breathe before you finish decontaminating your
face, reseal your mask, clear it and check it, get your breath, and
then resume decontaminating procedure.
NOTE: Thoroughly scrub the exposed skin of your face until it is completely covered
with black powder from the applicator pad. The stars in Figure 4-3 show areas of the
face that should be scrubbed with an extra stroke because they are hard to
Figure 4-3. Decontaminating your face.
(1) First; hold your breath, close your eyes, grasp the mask below the chin,
and pull the hood and mask away from your chin enough to allow one hand between the
mask and your face (see Figure 4-4). Hold the mask in this position until you have
completed all of the steps for decontaminating your face.
(2) Scrub up and down across your face beginning at the front of one ear, to
the nose, and from the nose to the other ear.
(a) Scrub across the face to the corner of your nose.
(b) Scrub an extra stroke at corner of the nose.
Scrub across the nose and tip of nose to other corner of nose.
(d) Scrub an extra stroke at corner of nose.
(e) Scrub across your face to other the other ear.