All About The Different Types Of Pepper Spray
If you travel in a dangerous area, you might want to carry pepper spray for self defense. As the name suggests, it is made from hot peppers. Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is the most important chemical used in pepper spray. OC based pepper sprays have several of concentrate levels: 1%, 5% , 10%, and even as high as 18%.
Pepper spray is available in many different spray patterns: steam, gel, fog type, and foam.
If you reside in a windy place, you would want to use a stream type pepper spray. Stream sprays are very effective choice. They have a 15-20 feet spray range. The advantage of stream pepper spray is that you can be farther away from an attacker. Best off all, there is no danger of chemical blowing back at you.
Pepper gel functions differently than any other type of pepper spray. It has a range of up to 25 feet. The active ingredient is in the gel foam, which prevents unwanted contamination. Gel pepper spray is the best for indoor use or in small enclosed area. There is no splatter or inhalation problems when used inside for self defense.
Fog type sprays will stop an attacker in their tracks! Their range is 4-8 feet. Fog sprays disperse finer droplets and are quite effective. However, these sprays are not ideal in a windy situation. Wind could blow it back in your face or in the wrong direction.
Foam type sprays are comparable to spray gel. These sprays are also ideal for confined areas and indoors. Foam type sprays have a range of 6 to 8 ft. Foam sprays will coat an attackers face very thickly.
Pepper spray has become a popular item for defending yourself against an attacker or a vicious animal. The chemical present in the sprays is an inflammatory. When it comes in contact with eyes, throat, lungs, and nose, it hits the mucous membranes present in them, and leads to instant incapacitation. This causes the eyes to become teary and slam shut! Stronger concentration may cause immediate and temporary blindness or restriction of breathing for sometime.
The best way to use a pepper spray is to spray an attacker's face. Your attacker will become incapacitated for sufficient time so that you can run away or get help.
Remember, if you live in New York, you must buy a pepper spray from a licensed pharmacist or a firearm dealer. If you live in Michigan, you can use specific sprays that have been approved for sale in that state. In Massachusetts, you must possess a Firearms Identification Card to use such sprays, while in Wisconsin, you may not use UV dye spray types. Animal type pepper sprays are legal in all 50 states. These types of spray can be purchased for shipment to all areas of the U.S.A. including areas that prohibit other types of pepper spray.
It's time to arm yourself with a self defense weapon. Do not allow yourself to be the victim of a crime.