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Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • How Do You Know That Pepper Spray Works

    The facts about defense sprays The facts about defense sprays

    You have probably seen pepper spray on a television show or movie. You might even have had a friend talk about or shown you a version of a pepper spray canister. But how do you know if Pepper Spray really works?

    Almost all police departments in the United States issue pepper spray to their officers because it has been proven, on the job, to save officers and suspects from injury or death. Just ask any police officer that works on patrol. Officers that have been on the street for awhile will tell you that pepper spray definitely works, because they have seen the effects of it personally. Of course it will be harder today to find an officer with enough time to answer your question.

    While I was growing up, in the 50s and 60s, police patrols gave our family a sense of security. Marked police cars would actually reduce the crime rate by driving around. Many crimes were prevented or caught in progress. When the police were around a suspect would move on to where there was a smaller police presence.

    Today we are moving into a changing society caused in part by the state of the economy. Police departments and sheriff offices are being reduced all over the United States; some like Maywood California, eliminated entirely. As a result, policing must be outsourced to neighboring agencies or the sheriff’s office. The police presence we have had for years is becoming the smaller police presence that criminals look for.

    On Thursday, July 15, 2010 NBC nightly news reported that due to personnel reduction, cities such as Oakland, California will no longer respond to non-violent crimes. Instead you will fill out a crime report on the internet.

    These internet report systems are generally designed to reduce the need for an officer to respond and satisfy your insurance company requirement for a police report. A search for evidence to catch the suspect, in most cases, won’t happen. The result is that the agency saves money and the suspect continues to commit his/her crimes. It also means we as citizens will have a greater chance of coming face to face with suspect(s) while a crime is in progress. A time the suspect could become violent and we would become the victim. Pepper spray is one popular way to protect ourselves from these and other types of violent threats.

    Pepper spray is easy to carry and can easily be in your hand while walking, jogging, or approaching your home or vehicle. Because of police reductions, crime has no way to go but up. We have a greater need to protect ourselves and be extra eyes and ears for our police.

    For more information on peper spray refer to our blog post: What is pepper spray and how does it work? or you can find more information in our handbook: THE FACTS ABOUT DEFENSE SPRAYS AND HOW TO USE THEM TO BRING CRIMINALS TO THEIR KNEES pictured at the top of this article

    With that I welcome you to ForSecuritySake.com. This site is where we list our home, personal protection, and other security products and specials. Pepper Spray, Personal Alarms, Home Alarms, and folding knives are just a few of the products you can find here.

    Be safe and secure out there!

  • What is Pepper Spray and How Does it Work

    2oz Pepper Spray

    Pepper spray is a self-defense weapon that contains Oleoresin Capsicum or (OC). OC is an inflammatory agent made from hot cayenne and other peppers. Upon contact to the facial area, it causes an intense burning sensation, temporary blindness, restricted breathing and disorientation. Depending on concentration, affects can last anywhere from 15 to about 60 minutes, which will help put a safe distance between you and an attacker.  The time you get while the suspect is affected will help you escape and call the police. Pepper spray is inexpensive, affective, and a favorite self-defense choice in today’s market.

    The reaction to pepper spray is involuntary (not dependent on pain response), so it is effective on those who feel no pain, such as psychotics, drunks and drug abusers. Pepper spray also works to control animals and is sold as animal repellant.

    Pepper spray is used by nearly every law enforcement agency throughout the country. It is non-lethal and extremely effective when sprayed in the facial area and eyes.

    Because it is non-lethal, you will be more likely to use it without hesitation. If you act quickly, avoidance of serious injuries are very possible. Pepper defense spray is not expensive, and most States allow you to carry it without a permit.

    When using it you should be aware that it must be sprayed in the eyes or inhaled directly and it may take a few seconds for it to be effective. Rain may reduce range and effectiveness and you could get mist back when sprayed against strong wind.

    OC will not degrade over time, but as the unit gets older, it may not spray as far as expected, if at all. The aerosol propellant may leak out, rendering the spray less effective. To help insure integrity you should test your spray every 90 days. Testing will reduce the contents of the canister and you may need to replace the unit every 9 to 12 months. In any case, it is recommended that you replace your spray after the expiration date stamped on the unit canister.

    You should use pepper spray if you are threatened or your life is in danger. Use it ONLY in defense of yourself. It is a crime to use self-defense sprays in an offensive manner.

    Don’t panic if you get spray on yourself; Fresh air, water, soap and time are all that is needed to decontaminate you. Do NOT rub the affected area! As soon as possible you should remove all contaminated clothing and flush the affected area with cool water. (Warm water may intensify the burning and inflammation!) Wash the affected area with non-oil or cold cream based soap. Don't apply oily lotions--they will trap OC resin onto your skin.

    Have a physician examine the exposed area if any irritation or pain persists after you are  decontaminated.

    Pepper spray is LEGAL in all fifty states. Some states and cities have specific regulations pertaining to the purchase, possession and use of defense sprays. Please check with your local law enforcement agency for any regulations your state may have.

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