Self Defense-Pepper Spray History And Usage Tips
According to Wikipedia “pepper spray is also known as OC spray (from oleoresin capsicum), OC gas and capsicum spray. It is a chemical compound that irritates eyes to cause tears, pain and even temporary blindness used in riot control, crowd control and personal self-defense including defense against dogs and bears.”
In ancient China thousands of years ago the Chinese used ground cayenne pepper, one of the hottest peppers in the world, in a bag that they threw at their opponents. That was the start of chemical warfare. Ever since then people have been trying to figure out what they could do to immobilize and incapacitate their enemies. The origins of modern-day pepper spray go back to the University of Georgia where was developed by two professors around 1960. It was sold as an animal repellent.
In 1989 the FBI authorized the use of OC sprays for SWAT teams to control suspects without resorting to deadly force. The U.S. Postal Service started issuing pepper sprays to letter carriers back in the 1980s for their first line of self-defense against dog attacks. Today there isn’t one law enforcement officer in the country that doesn’t have pepper spray on his utility belt.
It is the number one selling and most popular self-defense product in the world.
Pepper spray is potentially life-threatening if used on somebody with asthma. It is still banned for use in war by the Chemical Weapons Convention. In most countries around the world OC spray is illegal. In United States it is legal everywhere but some cities and states have restrictions as to the level of OC in the canister.
The tendency when sprayed with it is to rub it out of your eyes. That only makes the pain worse. If you accidentally get pepper spray on you baby shampoo, milk, water or Maalox are the best treatments next to time.
The effects of defensive sprays last as long as 45 minutes. When used by consumers for self-defense that time is best spent fleeing the scene of an assault to seek help.
Defensive spray is not a toy and should definitely not be left within the reach of a child. Misuse of pepper spray can result in legal action.
Here are some tips on the best use of OC spray even brands like STREETWISE PEPPER SPRAY
1.Each spray comes with instructions. Make sure you read them first.
2.Store your OC spray a cool place not in a hot unventilated vehicle where it could explode.
3.Each spray should have an expiration date. It may be ineffective after that date usually three or four years after you purchase it.
4.Practice using the spray. Remember the wind can affect the spray. Practice will help you get used to that.
Defensive sprays are only one of the many alternatives for non lethal self-defense. It is close to 90% effective on average.
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