When you use pepper spray, you have to know what you are doing so that you don’t harm yourself or innocent bystanders. It is important to learn to use it properly for self-defense. We have put together some of the most common mistakes that people make when they don’t learn how to use it correctly.
Knowing The Status – Its Legality
Pepper spray is actually legal in all of the 50 states but there are some regulations about when you can use it. There are also rules about the maximum size you can carry around with you. Each state has its own laws so you need to look up the state where you live.
Learn How To Properly Use The Pepper Spray
There are many different brands and types of spray. You have to learn how to aim it at an attacker’s eyes and then spray. You should practice outside a few times. You must be careful if it’s a breezy day. It can be blown by the wind and get into your eyes or on your skin.
Regular Inspections And Tests
You should test out your pepper spray periodically so that you are confident that it will help you in an emergency. Eventually, you will have to get a refill. Always check for the expiration date. The pepper spray will lose its potency over time and you will want to be sure to get a refill before it expires. You can take your old canister and target practice with it until it is gone. Most canisters are designed for a one-time use. If you have to use it, don’t stop spraying until the can is empty.
Have The Spray In An Accessible Place
If you are approached and you have the suspicion that someone is going to harm you, you want to be sure that your pepper spray is somewhere that allows you to instantly grab it. You should never carry it in your purse because it would be to difficult to dig for it when the time comes to use it. If you’re going to be in a bad neighborhood or out late at night, you may want to keep it in your hand for quick usage.
Run After You Spray
Knowing when to run is always a good idea. Some people make the mistake of spraying someone and then standing there in shock. You need to get away from the attacker and reach help as quickly as possible. There are also times where someone could be heavily intoxicated and the spray may not work as well, but you can confuse someone with it and get away. Learning basic self-defense is a great way to protect yourself so that you have more confidence if a situation occurs, allowing you to think clearly and decisively.
Pepper spray is a great tool for self defense and can save your life in certain situations. However, if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing you could make a costly mistake and get injured or even, break a law. Ross Germano is a self-defense and security enthusiast. You can check out his site, UBackOff.com for great information about self-defense and security, as well as the best in security products.