Choosing a Pepper Spray

I hope you never find yourself in a situation where you would need to protect yourself from an attacker or assailant.  But if you do, Pepper spray is a very good choice. Choosing a Pepper Spray can be a difficult task especially if you don’t know about the different types of sprays. Read on and you’ll learn about the different types available. As a side note: Many people carry Pepper Spray for that “just in case” moment. Choose your Pepper Spray, Know your pepper spray. Be familiar with it, know how to use it. Test it and be ready.

About Pepper Sprays

Pepper spray is made from oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is actually a chemical derivative of hot peppers; extremely hot peppers. This mixture causes extreme pain and burning when it comes into contact with skin, eyes and mucous membranes, making it a very effective to slow or stop any kind of physical attack.   The effects of pepper spray are non-lethal but instant and will last up to 45 minutes, completely disabling your attacker. The attacker’s eyes could slam shut, they could cough uncontrollably.

Pepper Spray strength is measured by Scoville Heat Units (SHU), but there is no minimum requirements. OC Pepper Spray is not water soluble and even large volumes of water won’t wash it off. Victims are encouraged to blink vigorously to produce tears, which will help flush the irritant from the eyes. Victims should also avoid rubbing the affected skin.

Many ambulance services use baby shampoo to remove the spray. There are also commercially manufactured wipes made specifically to decontaminate the area.

Types of Pepper Spray

There are several different types of pepper sprays that you could purchase for self defense.  Basically there are five types of pepper spray products, fog, stream, cone, gel and foam. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so knowing the difference can help you figure out which type will work best for your own individual needs.

Cone Pepper Sprays

Pepper Sprays with the cone type of spray will have a super fine mist of pepper spray when you spray it. It can be affected by the wind so you certainly don’t want this to blow back in your direction. This spray type will easily  affect your attackers respiratory system. Picture a Pepper Spray cone spray to be like spraying a hairspray bottle.

Fogger Pepper Sprays

Pepper spray fogger products have a range of 10-20 feet when sprayed.  These products are great because of the spraying distance, but they are not very effective under windy conditions.  In a windy situation, you may have the pepper spray blow back in your direction.Fogger

Stream Pepper Sprays

A stream type of pepper spray is very effective because it can cover up to 6-18 feet, depending on the size of the canister and the amount of propellant.  This type of spray is effective, even under windy situations because it sprays with a higher force, not droplets like the fogger type or cone  A stream pepper spray is less likely to blow back in your direction.  If you use pepper spray streams in an indoor setting, you may risk inhaling some of the spray or getting splashed. Stream sprays are highly recommended for self defense.

Gel Pepper Sprays

Pepper spray gel is perfect for spraying in indoor settings or close quarters.  However, it can cover up to 25 feet if necessary.  There is no risk of splatter with pepper spray gel.  It sticks to your attacker like glue when making contact. The advantage of pepper gel is that it’s easy to clean up, Gelthere’s no blow back and it can be used indoors. Many Law Enforcement Agencies use pepper gels.

Foam Pepper Sprays

Pepper spray foam is similar to pepper spray gel.  Again, these products are great for close quarters or indoor use.  When sprayed at an attacker, the foam will coat their face, rendering them completely incapacitated for enough time for you to get away.  The foam can cover a range of 8-10 feet when sprayed. Like the pepper gel, pepper foams are easy to clean up, have no blow back and can be Foamused indoors.

Other Types of Pepper Spray

There are other pepper spray products that are on the market, such as animal pepper                 sprays. Bear Sprays and K9 Sprays.


So Choosing a Pepper Spray isn’t that difficult when you have the knowledge and some facts about what you’re shopping for.
Arming yourself with a non-lethal self defense product can mean the difference between being a victim and stopping an attack.  Plan for the worst and hope for the best, Be Prepared!

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