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PostWed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm 
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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-workers-treated-after-bear-repellant-releases-fumes/

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ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — An automated machine punctured a can of bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey on Wednesday, releasing fumes that sickened workers and sent two dozen to hospitals, officials said.

At least one of the workers was in critical condition. The injured workers were taken to five hospitals, officials said. It was not clear if any were released.
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PostThu Dec 06, 2018 11:37 am 
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Here is the quote from the article, verbatim, I wonder what "critical" meant?

"At least one of the workers was said to have been in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, but communications representative Rachel Lightly said that worker is among those expected to be released."

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PostSat Dec 08, 2018 6:01 pm 
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The only way I can see someone being in "critical" condition from bear spray is in the presence of some pretty sever reactive airway disease (asthma). That would warrant a "critical" transport (ALS or Advanced Life Support in Washington) to an ER but would also likely end with the patient being discharged home after a couple of hours and steroids/nebs, especially if treatment was started fairly quickly.

As this is a hiking site after all, I guess it's worth adding that if you had asthma and if flared up in a severe fashion after inhaling bear spray while in the backcountry and hours away from assistance.... That could end poorly.
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PostSat Dec 08, 2018 10:03 pm 
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I would think a severe Anaphylactic reaction to the ~ 10 ounces of capsicum released nearby indoors would plenty to require some hospitalization.  That a lot of Pepper Spray.

I don’t hike much in the North Cascades.  Carrying around bear spray for a very remote chance encounter with an aggressive black bear seems silly.  An accidental discharge would be far more likely than one in actual need.

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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 8:53 am 
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Those bears'll find you!!

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Never fry jalepenos.

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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 6:10 pm 
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I carry a can of bear spray but have left the security zip tie on. I figure the worst case scenario is if something sneaks up on me while I'm in the tent, and hopefully will have fair warning and can deploy it then.

Frankly, the good Lord won't take me before my time and if that's in the woods due to a bear so be it.
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 12:10 pm 
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treeswarper wrote:
Never fry jalepenos.

I did that at home once.  Once.
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Never dry onions indoors either.

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