Are Self Defense Sprays Effective?

Aggravated assaults accounted for a whopping 64.3% of all violent crime in the US in 2016, according to the FBI. That number’s not meant to scare you. It’s just an unfortunate fact of life in today’s world.

One of the easiest ways to stay safe is with self defense spray. These simple, handheld sprays stop would-be attackers in their tracks. They make sure you stay protected and unharmed.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “sure that sounds good…but do self defense sprays really work?”

The answer’s a resounding YES!

Not only are self defense sprays effective, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to carry. Read on to learn more and find out exactly how and why self defense sprays work.

WHAT IS SELF DEFENSE SPRAY?
First, it’s important to lay out just what a self defense spray is. They may go by many names – pepper spray, mace, eye-dynamite – but they all share similar characteristics.

Self defense spray is any non-lethal combination of oleoresin capsaicin (OC) and a dilatant. Normally this is a mixture of water and propylene glycol.

There are different versions, mixtures, strengths, and brands. There are different pressures and spray distances. There are self defense sprays which are primarily used for humans and sprays strong enough to be used on bears.

We don’t recommend starting with a bear strength self defense spray. A good old can of, say, Heatwave should be more than enough to keep yourself protected.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF DEFENSE SPRAYS
While there are many different types of self defense spray, most fall into one of three categories: traditional, pepper gel, and pepper foam.

Traditional is what you probably think of when someone mentions pepper spray. These are the cans that shoot either a stream, mist, or cone of high powered OC at a would-be attacker. Your aim with traditional pepper spray’s important. After all, you don’t want a mist blowing back into your face and disabling you too.

Heatwave is a perfect example of traditional self defense spray. Conveniently held in a small canister (they even have some sprays which can be clipped onto your keychain!), Heatwave varies in strength, but is generally around 23% OC and has a range of twelve to fifteen feet. More importantly, it’s exactly what you need to stay safe and protected.

Pepper gel is similar to traditional self defense spray, but has a slightly heavier spray. This means it will travel further and isn’t as likely to be blown back into your face. Pepper gel also requires you to have slightly better aim, since the area of effect is smaller than traditional spray.

Pepper foam is similar to pepper gel, but foams once it makes contact with skin. Think of it as pepper gel’s older, angrier brother.

These differences make each type of spray suited for specific situations. Traditional self defense spray’s best for taking with you on a nightly jog or if you’re going to a concert in a park. Pepper gel and foam are ideal to be kept in your house, since they don’t fill rooms and you’re less likely to incapacitate yourself.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DIFFERENT SELF DEFENSE SPRAYS
Now that we’ve explored the different types of self defense sprays, the questions becomes just how effective are they? Will they keep your safe in the face of a home invasion or a mugger?

The answer’s once again a resounding YES! Self defense sprays are incredibly effective at stopping any attack dead in their tracks. Not only that, but the different types of spray are all well-suited for unique situations.

This all means that self defense sprays aren’t only effective – they’re a necessity of staying safe in today’s world.

That’s where we can help. Our selection of different sprays is unmatched, and we have plenty of self defense guides to help you become an expert at using them.

Halloween Safety Tips For Children

Halloween is many kids’ favorite holiday. What could be better than dressing up as your favorite character and going out with your friends to get free candy? As fun as Halloween is for kids, the sad reality is that we must be prepared for the worst. In this world we live in, preparation is key to prevent being a victim. Check out our top safety tips to keep children safe on Halloween.

TREAT OR TREAT DURING SAFE TIMES
Oftentimes, people think that trick or treating is only appropriate when it is completely dark outside. This is not the case. Neighbors are typically aware that it is Halloween and will have candy available just after dinnertime. Feed your kids an earlier dinner and then begin trick or treating just before dusk. Going out while there is still light out will allow parents to keep a better eye on their children. Also, you will be able to see other people on the street easier—as well as oncoming cars.

BE VISIBLE
If your child complies, it is a better option for costume-wearers to use face paint as opposed to a mask. Masks often impair the vision of whoever is wearing it, which can put them in danger. Brightly colored costumes are also preferred. If your child insists on wearing dark colors, apply reflective adhesives to their costume so that they are visible even in the dark. Other options include making glow stick jewelry and flashlights a part of their costume.

STAY IN A GROUP
This may be an obvious one, but never allow your child to go trick or treating alone. Ensure kids are always with an adult chaperone, even when in a group. Make sure your child has some form of identification with his name and your phone number and address in case he or she gets separated from the group.

KNOW WHO TO APPROACH
Steer clear of homes that have their lights turned off. These neighbors are usually not welcoming to trick or treaters. Make sure that if your child is old enough to go out alone, that he or she knows to say no to any stranger who offers them a ride. They should also know to never enter someone’s house. If the neighbor asks them to come in to receive candy, the child should politely decline and leave immediately.

BRING BACKUP
It is a good idea for parents to check all candy received before allowing children to eat it. We cannot trust that the candy will not be tainted or cause any danger to our kids. This is especially important if your child has an allergy and is too young to determine which candies will harm them.

Because kids tend to be impatient about snacking on their candies while trick or treating, pack a small goody bag of your own candies so that they can have something to eat while still being safe. When you return home and are able to inspect the candy yourself, immediately throw away any that are opened or seem to be altered.

Halloween is an exciting holiday that kids will remember for years to come. Make sure they go trick or treating prepared with our Young Pioneer Outdoor Kit. They can use the flashlight’s different light filters to look cool while staying visible. Self Defense Superstore wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Tasers

The word “taser” has a scary connotation. To most, tasers scream a weapon police officers use in dangerous situations. However, tasers are available to the public and are an excellent way to defend yourself. If you are unfamiliar with the use of tasers, or are just interested in learning some more, read on below for some frequently asked questions regarding the self-defense accessory.

CAN ORDINARY CITIZENS BUY A TASER?
Absolutely. According to the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, tasers are not classified as firearms. However, when purchasing a taser, they must be delivered to one of the 45 states that have deemed them legal. Citizens in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Hawaii are unable to purchase tasers as they are illegal.

IS THERE A TEST OR ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS NEEDED BEFORE PURCHASING A TASER?
Background checks are not required before purchasing a taser. However, many states require that the purchaser be over the age of 18, or accompanied by someone that is. All states require that those carrying a taser, as with any other weapon, carry a form of identification. Despite tasers not being considered a firearm by the ATF, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan require taser carriers to possess a hand gun license.

Although most states do not require anything more than a driver’s license before purchase a taser, if you have committed a felony or are on parole, it is recommended to consult your parole officer or local law enforcement beforehand.

CAN A TASER ACTUALLY KILL SOMEONE?
While the use of a taser will definitely incapacitate someone, it is not in fact lethal. Tasers utilize an extremely powerful 50,000 volt electrical charge that effectively overrides the central nervous system. By doing this, it controls all muscles and as a result debilitates the assailant. Severe muscle spasms in even the strongest, most aggressive targets will result in them falling on the floor.

Despite this, the use of a taser is not lethal. High voltage itself is not dangerous. Tasers are designed to supply power for a few minutes without permanently harming the victim.

HOW DO I USE A TASER?
Most people who refrain from carrying a taser as a self-defense accessory does so out of not knowing how to use them. However, this is nothing to be worried about. Tasers are designed to be simple to use so that anyone can utilize one.

It is not necessary to actually touch the target with the taser. In fact, in order for it to be effective, the device can be up to fifteen feet away from the target. That being said, the most accurate range is about three to five feet away. If the taser misses its intended target, it can be used instead in a touch-stun mode. This means that after the initial ejection, the unit can be touched directly to the target as a stun-gun.

The electric probes do not need to penetrate the skin in order to be effective. As long as the probes have reached the clothing or skin of the assailant, the taser will work properly.

Temperature is irrelevant, as compressed air capsules have effective held their charges in temperatures as cold as minus 20F and as warm as 160F.

Tasers are excellent accessories to carry for self-defense. Check out our extensive selection at www.selfdefensesuperstore.com to purchase yours today. Remember: the best way to prevent yourself from being a victim is to be prepared.

The 411 on Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a great accessory for self-defense as it is portable and easy to use. It is vital that you prepare yourself for any unforeseen circumstances. Preparation prevents you from being a victim. The nice thing about pepper spray is that it comes in so many different forms. We love our Heatwave Night and Day Pepper Spray Lipstick as it has the same appearance as a tube of lipstick. The His and Hers Heatwave Jogger pack is great as it has a convenient handle that can be held while running. The Heatwave .5oz is another option that can be kept as a key chain for easy access.

A BRIEF HISTORY
Although it was not introduced to the public until the 1980s, the usage of pepper spray actually has a long history. In ancient China and India, red chili pepper was used for self-defense. The Chinese would use rice papers to wrap ground cayenne pepper. They would then throw them at the faces of their enemies or those presenting harm to their village. Because it only incapacitates a person for a brief period, it was accepted as a weapon of self-defense.

In Japan, they used ground pepper in what they called the “metsubishi.” The police used the metsubishi, which was essentially a box of chili pepper, to blow into the eyes of criminals. Mexican Indians similarly used cultivated peppers for self-defense purposes.

CURRENT LAWS
Before purchasing your pepper spray, it is important to be educated on the laws regulating its usage. In many states, pepper spray is legally recognized as a form of self-defense. However, that being said, you are only permitted to use it when absolutely necessary. This means that you must feel as if your life is in imminent danger in order to lawfully use a defense spray. This includes pepper spray as well as MACE.

Pepper spray is legally allowed in public spaces in Florida, although each state does regulate how much you are allowed to have on you. The general limit is nothing over two ounces. Most states have a provision that stipulates that you must be over the age of 18 to carry and use pepper spray. It would be wise to consult the criminal code of your state.

One major prohibition of pepper spray is that it is never legally permissible to use against any law enforcement officer. Simply pointing the can at an officer, without even spraying it, can be seen as an intent to do so and is punishable by law.

HOW TO USE
When you purchase pepper spray, you want to ensure that you keep it in close proximity. The point of pepper spray, as with any self-defense product, is to be able to use it when needed. If you are unable to find it quickly in a time of need, it defeats the whole purpose of the product.

When the pepper spray is not in use, make sure that the safety release is on. Remember that if you want to use the spray, it is necessary to release the safety latch. After this is done, aim directly at the face of the target. Stay a few steps back from the assailant and keep the hand that is not holding the spray over your face for protection. Once properly aimed, spray directly at the target. Throughout the entire situation, yell as loudly as possible. This will draw attention to the situation and may force the assailant to flee. As soon as you spray, run away as fast as possible.

Pepper spray is an excellent product to have on hand always. Remember: to prevent yourself from being a victim, be prepared. Check out our whole selection of pepper sprays here to protect yourself today.

Back To School Campus Safety Tips

The start of a new school year can be daunting. Moving into a new apartment, new roommates and new classes can all be a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, campus safety is one more worry to add to the list. Ensuring you feel safe and secure while at school is vital. In order to make the best of your college experience, here are a few tips to follow.

PARTY SMART
The start of a new school year means lots of partying. It is important to note that it is possible to celebrate and be safe at the same time. The key to safe partying is to remain in control. Never leave your drink alone on a table, even for just a few minutes. If you must put your cup down, do not return to drinking it. Instead, pour yourself a new drink. Date rape drugs can so easily be added without anyone noticing. Never trust that your drink was exactly how you left it.

When it is time to leave the party, opt for a ride with a close friend or an Uber. Never ride in a car with anyone who has had more than a drink or two. If you are ever in doubt of someone’s capability to drive, do not risk it. Furthermore, do not accept rides from anyone you do not know. Do not trust that everyone has your best interests in mind.

BE AWARE OF SURROUNDINGS
Whether you are on your way to class or walking home from the gym, always be aware. Never walk around while on the phone. Instead, pay constant attention to your surroundings. Attackers often go for victims that are distracted. Especially at night, keep a lookout to make sure that no one is following you. If you are ever in doubt of your safety, call the local or campus police.

BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CAMPUS
Before classes start, ensure that you are well-versed on all areas of your campus’ safety features. Know where the campus security office and police station is. Also find out how to use the emergency phone stations, which are located throughout the campus. These features are offered specifically to make you feel safe, so take advantage of them.

LOCK UP
Always lock up your apartment or house when leaving, even if it is only for a short time. Ensure that balcony doors and windows are locked, especially if you live on the first floor. When leaving your home, do not leave your valuables in clear view. Stash laptops, tablets and any jewelry out of plain sight.

KEEP PRIVATE
Starting school is exciting, and it is understandable to want to share this with friends and family. While it is fine to post on social media about your new experiences, ensure that you are not oversharing. Posting locations of where you are will allow anyone to see where you are, including those you do not know. Also, avoid announcing if you are at home alone or leaving your home empty.

PREPARE YOURSELF
Confidence in yourself speaks more than most know. Feel safe and confident that you can defend yourself if needed by preparing beforehand. Sign up for a self-defense class at your local gym. Many campuses offer these classes free of charge to students. Take advantage of being able to prepare yourself for the situation if it ever arises.

Do not forget to stock up on your self-defense needs at Self Defense Superstore. Purchase a pepper spray to keep on your key chain and tasers to keep in your car. Ensuring that you are well-prepared will prevent you from ever being a victim.