Pepper spray is for self-defense only, in situations where one might have to fight off an attacker. When used properly, pepper spray is an excellent distraction, allowing the victim just enough time to get away; However, pepper spray does not guarantee stopping power or cause paralysis. According to Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM, an assailant can still grab you, punch you, stab you, or shoot you and will definitely be angrier after being sprayed.
If you choose to carry pepper spray as a means of self-protection, think of it as a diversionary tool. Realistically the chemicals won’t stop the assailant, but optimistically it can buy you a few seconds, at best, to possibly escape.
Why Use Pepper Spray?
Pepper Spray stops an oncoming attack by causing inflammation of the capillaries around the attacker’s eyes and face. It’s small and easy to carry, takes little training to use properly and, in most states, is legal to carry just about anywhere you go. Best of all, pepper spray, unlike other non-lethal defense items, allows you to use the “weapon” at a distance.
Keep in mind that pepper spray is not a “save all” weapon, but just another tool against those out to do you harm. Furthermore, you should not rely solely on a single weapon or personal protection device (pepper spray) for self defense. If pepper spray is still something you are interested in pursuing, take into consideration the following tips from McGoey:
- Examine your reasons for wanting pepper spray
- Take a training course from a professional before buying
- Use pepper spray for self-defense or during an arrest
- Don’t let children get access to pepper spray
- Don’t ever use tear gas it in a moving vehicle
- Try to avoid isolated or dangerous areas
- Tear gas canister must be readily accessible
- Use only in dire emergency to aid in escape.
- Spray directly into the assailants face
- Avoid contact with the person sprayed
- Run away and call the police
- Rinse your eyes repeatedly with cold water, if affected
- Use tearless baby shampoo to cut the oil resin
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