Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pepper Spray, Self Defense Products

The simplest and historically one of the oldest self defense products ever used for personal safety is pepper spray. A defense spray mostly contains OC or Oleoresin Capsicum (a derivative of Cayenne peppers). When someone gets sprayed in the face with it, their eyes, nose throat and lungs will burn and become swollen. The capillaries of the eyes will dilate and make the person close their eyes. They will also have a hard time breathing since it also inflames the respiratory organs, but not entirely blocking the breathing. Effects can last anywhere between 20 to 90 minutes. Pepper spray comes in stream, gel, foam and fog form and in various sizes and shapes. Some can look like a pen or a gun and most have keyrings attached. The reach for pepper spray varies. It could be anywhere from 6 to 25 feet, depending on which model you get.

Below are simple rules to follow:
  • Test the pepper spray canister once, when you first buy it
  • Spray upright
  • Shake occasionally (like hairspray)
  • Avoid utilizing in windy conditions
  • Never leave in a hot car or similar heated environment
  • Replace every year
  • Never let children handle pepper spray
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