How Should I Use Pepper Spray?
Just owning a canister of pepper spray will not do you any good if you don't know how to use it. Here are a few easy tips that will show you how to use pepper spray, properly. It could save your life.
One of the most important things to remember is that when you are under attack that you cannot lose control. You have to try to remain as calm as possible throughout the attack. Make sure that you carry your pepper spray in an easy to locate place so you are not wasting precious time searching for it. Having a small canister of Pepper spray on a key chain is very convenient. Get in the habit that when you are walking to your car at night, or in any vulnerable situation, that your pepper spray is out and ready to be used should someone approach you and makes you feel threatened.
When you use pepper spray it must be in an upright position. Do not hold it sideways, upside down, or in any position than right side up. There is an actuator or, safety lock, on the canister and it needs to be turned in order for the canister to be ready to spray. You should practice this maneuver before you actually need to use it. When you do need to use it the motion will then be automatic.
All you have to do now is aim for the attacker’s face, press down, and spray. It is a good practice to put your hand in front of your face just before you spray in case the wind is blowing back towards you.
When you use pepper spray it is designed to be used in the face of an attacker. You need to be sure that you hold down the button of the spray canister and use it liberally in their face. You will not blind the person permanently but you will disable them for up to 30 minutes, which will give you plenty of time to flee.
If you cannot quite get to the attackers’ face, maybe they have put their hand in front of their face, you can spray the pepper spray as close as you can get it to their face. Inhaling the spray is bad enough and will cause problems that can still disable the person. Another consideration is that you must make sure it makes contact with the skin. It will not go through a thick jacket or be effective if the person is wearing a ski mask and sunglasses. Aim for the face, eyes, and skin and then run.
It is okay to practice using pepper spray. You should practice quickly pulling it out and aiming it so that the next time that you are in dangerous situation you will be quick at the draw. Pepper spray could save your life when an attacker who is intent on causing you harm approaches you. It will give you up to 30 minutes to run from the location.
You should know how to use pepper spray and be well versed with it. The better you are with it then the more effective it will be when you aim for your target.
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Jim Wilkinson is the Vice President of www.YourGreatestProtection.com. He has a background in Law Enforcement and Safety. He knows what is effective to help keep you, your family and your home safe. His firm offers a variety of reasonably priced personal protection products such as TASERs, stun guns, pepper spray and hidden cameras.