Pepper Spray 101 for Self Defense

9 years ago
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Pepper spray is the easiest self defense product to use that is available today. It just might also be the most popular weapon used by women and men around the world. Since it is so easy to use, there really are just a few simple things you might want to keep in mind when using pepper spray for crime prevention.

  • Avoid using it in windy conditions
  • Use it upright, like you would hair spray
  • Shake it once in a while to keep it pressurized
  • Never leave it in a hot car
  • It is not permitted on airplanes
  • Most recommend that you replace it annually

 
It also helps to know that self defense pepper spray comes in different forms. It can be purchased in a stream, spray or fog form. Pepper spray can also be purchased in a heavier substance, such as foam or gel. The heavier ones are less likely to spray back if utilized in windy conditions. Most pepper spray contains a UV dye that facilitates police identification of an attacker by leaving an invisible dye on the attacker's face. Yet another feature that pepper sprays have for crime prevention.

Not only can the substance within a pepper spray container be different, but also the container itself can be different as well. Some self defense pepper spray containers are disguised to look like a lipstick container, a pen, a pager, walking weights, etc. Many pepper sprays come with a convenient key ring to attach to a keychain. Some pepper spray containers even come decorated with fancy crystals! These pepper spray products present an element of surprise against an attacker.

There you have it! Simple, yet efficient in crime prevention.

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