7 Important Pepper Spray & Self Defense Rules to Follow:
1. Make sure you purchase a reputable brand! Purchase a brand which is backed by ISO 9001:2000 Certification!
2. Keep it handy and accessible. Don’t tuck it away in a bag.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. Look around and be ready.
4. Do not put the spray in front of the attacker until it is positioned properly in your hand and you are ready to use it.
5. Aim for the eyes and spray ear to ear across the eyes for best results.
6. Side step the approaching attacker and run away.
7. Get to a safe place and call the police.
Using Pepper Spray
For Self Defense
Pepper spray also known as OC spray (from "Oleoresin Capsicum"), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary blindness. This is why pepper spray is useful for personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears as well as human attackers.
Pepper spray is considered a less lethal agent and therefore it is the choice of many customers who are not candidates for using a gun or other weapon to defend themselves.
Pepper spray is naturally derived. The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis. Getting oleoresin capsicum from peppers involves finely ground capsicum, from which capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum. An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray.
How can you tell how powerful a pepper spray you are buying? A technology called liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to measure the amount of capsaicin within pepper sprays. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) are used to measure the concentration or "heat" of pepper spray. So, you can look at the product's Scoville units to determine potency.
What happens to an attacker? Pepper spray is an inflammatory. It causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing. The duration of its effects depend on the strength of the spray but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours, thus giving you a chance to escape.
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