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Pepper Spray

 What is Pepper Spray?

The main ingredient in Pepper Spray is Oleoresin Capsicum or OC, which is a highly inflammatory liquid derived from the concentrated juice of ordinary cayenne peppers. The percentage of OC in a spray is usually in the range of 5% to 15%. However, experts caution consumers not to take these marketing numbers too seriously. A higher percentage of OC may not penetrate the mucous membranes as fast as a lighter fluid, so the best pepper spray is not necessarily the one with the highest OC number.

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PEPPER SPRAY

 The chemical heat of pepper spray is measured on a scale known as the Scoville Heat Unit or SHU. Look for a product that’s rated at least 2 million Scoville Heat Units. That's plenty hot and will do the job if you must use it in an actual attack.

 Pepper Spray affects all the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs). Common reactions are tearing, coughing, gasping for breath and temporary blindness. The other, and perhaps most effective deterrent to attackers is that it makes a target's upper body go into uncontrollable muscle spasms, inducing intense coughing fits and making it hard for them to breathe or speak for 5 to 15 minutes. The effects are temporary, perhaps 15-25 minutes, which is certainly enough time for you to flee the scene or call 911. Pepper spray has been the preferred first-line non-lethal weapon for police and security guards for the last several decades.

 For Pepper Spray to be effective, it must hit the face and, if possible, the eyes. To that end, a consumer can choose from several dispersion methods including gels, foams, and traditional sprays. Gels and foams tend to stick to the attacker's face, thus enhancing the burning and tearing effects. These canisters are highly pressurized so they can typically shoot a stream from 8 to 12 feet. A new type of spray pattern is a fogger which expands and vaporizes into a cloud of extremely hot pepper. This type of spray pattern is great for bear repellent, multiple attackers, crowd control, and home use.

When used properly and in the appropriate situation, pepper spray can indeed be a life-saving device. It is considered a non-lethal defense weapon and has a high degree of effectiveness. Pepper spray containers are small and inconspicuous and some even come in various disguises, such as a pepper pager or pepper lipstick.  Although you hope to never have to use it, it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.