Tips on How to Shop For & Properly Use Pepper Spray
Since the 1980s, when the FBI authorized the use of pepper spray, civilian usage has significantly increased. It’s one of the primary, nonlethal self-defense weapons for women. Pepper spray is, by far, the most popular self-defense item in the world. It’s such a powerful tool, that it is not legal in all countries. While it’s legal in all 50 states in the U.S., some states have restrictions on the amount of oleoresin capsicum that can be used. Once the resin contacts the skin, it causes intense burning pain. OC spray also affects the mucous membranes when your assailant inhales it.
The pepper spray’s effect on the mucous membranes makes it hard to breathe, and people describe it as intense burning. It also causes the membranes of the eyes to swell up, which makes it difficult to see. There is severe pain associated with pepper spray, along with coughing and choking. Effects are not long-lasting and usually go away after about 45 minutes. Pepper spray comes in several varieties and styles, such as the pepper spray keychain, tactical baton sprays, and pepper spray guns. Knowing the proper way to use something increases the effectiveness of the product. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your defensive spray:
- On average, pepper spray is 90 percent effective. It’s best to use the spray outdoors, and wind conditions can affect the accuracy of your aim. So, make sure you take that into account. It can also blow the spray into your face and can disable you, so be careful.
- Always read and follow the directions of any new product you get. These directions provide accurate instructions on that specific pepper spray.
- The contents of all sprays are pressurized and can explode if left in a car. Always keep them in a cool, ventilated place.
- Pay attention to the expiration date on the bottom of your spray. These products are usually good for three years. Expired products may not be as effective.
- Pepper spray comes in several dispersal methods, such as spray, stream, foam, or mist. The mists and sprays are best for civilian use because the suspect breathes it in. They are not likely to breathe in a stream or foam, so the pepper spray won’t affect the mucous membranes. Your assailant can recover quicker and still assault you while fighting through the burning pain.
- When using the OC spray, aim for the eyes—but if you hit anywhere on the face, that’s okay. If you have the stream variety, aim the stream to hit their forehead or eyebrows so that it runs down their face into their eyes.
Practice using your spray so that you know where the safety is, to prevent accidental discharge. Some OC sprays have grips so that you can hold it in the dark without fear of holding it the wrong way. Also, practice taking it out of your purse or pocket. You need to be able to draw it fast for maximum efficiency. When you spray an assailant, don’t stand around admiring your work. Pepper spray is a distraction technique that allows you the time to escape a dangerous situation. Go get help or just get away.
If you follow these tips, you’ll get the most out of your pepper spray. It’s truly an effective, nonlethal self-defense solution. Women love it because it’s easy to use and provides almost immediate results. Pepper spray is easy to conceal or carry in your hand as you walk through a dark, empty parking lot. It gives you plenty of time to get away from your attacker and run to safety or your car.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, pepper spray does expire. It can take between 2-4 years epending on the manufacturer and formula. Most manufacturer's list the expiration date on the can for the spray. Some companies like Fox Labs print the manufacture date on their sprays and let customers know the spray expires 3 years from that date.
You can buy pepper spray at some sporting goods stores, in-person retailers or online retailers like The Home Security Superstore with some restrictions. Massachusetts and New York only allow pepper spray to be bought in state while Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Texas all have size restrictions.