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Why Pepper Spray For Self Defense
Pepper spray for self defense makes perfect sense. I personally believe that every person over the age of 18 should own a canister. Yes, it is a must have item that has very real benefits.
Pepper spray is affordable, so it's an option for literally everyone. For an investment of less than ten bucks you can carry a self defense weapon that works. The small size of consumer pepper spray, coupled with that availability of disguised product make it easy to conceal and take nearly anywhere. Their are very few situations where you don't have the ability to protect yourself with pepper spray. If you're someone who is worried about others knowing that you carry pepper spray, then you need to go with a pepper pen or pepper spray ring, or even lipstick pepper spray.
Pepper spray does not require any special training or certifications to use. Anyone willing to spend a few minutes reading the insert and getting familiar with the product can be successful. After that you should be willing to test spray your unit once every few months. Additionally, you should consider getting an extra one just for practice.
Pepper spray has a shelf life or expiration date of 2 to 4 years depending on the variety you choose. It is however, extremely important that you replace your pepper spray on or before the expiration date.
With pepper spray you have the ability to protect yourself from a distance. This in itself is a huge benefit. Being able to deter or stop and attack from 8 or 10 feet away is much safer than doing so face to face. It is the great equalizer for women. No matter how big and strong you are, if sprayed with a premium pepper spray you will likely be neutralized quickly. For situations that involve attempted sexual assault or date rape, pepper spray could make the difference.
The active ingredients in pepper spray will provide excellent protection against aggressive or attacking dogs. Every neighborhood seems to have at least one. The dog who is allowed to run loose and is a constant nuisance as we ride bikes or walk the block.
Pepper spray is legal in ALL U.S. states. Yep, it is legal to carry for self defense purposes in every state. A few states do have specific restrictions on where and how much spray you can purchase.
Lastly, pepper spray is non-lethal and this is a huge benefit. When you think about the potential liability associated with carrying a lethal weapon, it is simply not a smart move. It makes much better sense to carry a non-lethal spray that works within seconds, is debilitating, yet it will not cause permanent harm.