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34 Facts you Didn’t Know About the Pepper Spray (Q-A)

August 1, 2019September 4, 2019

What is pepper spray?

Pepper spray is non-lethal self-defense tool. It is a defensive-spray agent that boasts similar pungency of pepper. The spray is effective against all types of attacks – regardless of the environment and will temporarily blind the intruder giving the user enough time to run away and seek help.

What is the best pepper spray?

To choose the best OC pepper spray you need to know the basic specifications, find them out in this article. But if you want a quick answer, here are the best pepper sprays: Mace pepper spray, Sabre Red, Fox Labs, The Wrist Saver.

Where to buy pepper spray?

You can buy it online or in some local shop, but before you do just make sure it is legal in your country.

Is pepper spray legal?

It is legal in all 50 US states. Some states have regulations regarding strength, container sizes and buying places. For instance if you live in New York you cant buy it online. It is not legal in the UK, Canada and in New Zealand.

When Is it legal to use pepper spray?

In the US you can buy, carry and use if you are at least 18 years old, you can use it in self-defense. It is prudent to understand that the self-defense is only considered lawful if you use force, which is proportionate to the threat you are facing.

For instance, if someone pulls a lethal weapon on you, you will be justified in using a pepper spray. However, if someone provokes you verbally, the use of pepper spray can land you in trouble.

Can you go to jail for pepper- spraying someone?

If you use pepper spray to attack someone you can go to jail for that, but if you use it in your self-defense than you have nothing to worry about it.

Who invented pepper spray?

In Japan in 7000 BC, the people were using a weapon named as “Mitsubishi” that was like a box of chili flakes. This method of self-defense was particularly popular in ancient India and China. It started around the 14th and 15th century in different parts of the world.

In China, they were even using the red chili flakes in their different weapons to shoot it on enemies. OC pepper spray like we know these days was invented in 1965 by Allan Lee Litman.

What’s the difference between pepper spray and mace?

Mace is a brand and pepper spray is a product. Mace is also a synonym for tear gas or CS gas, mace is an irritant and pepper spray is an inflammatory agent. CS gas is not effective on people on drugs, but pepper spray works on everyone.

What ingredients are in OC spray?

Pepper spray consists of capsaicin which is a chemical extracted from chili peppers.

Capsaicin is mixed with water or oil-based solution ( it makes Oleoresin Capsicum ) and a propellant. The whole mixture is pressurized in the canister, which allows you to spray the content.

Which products are made of Oleoresin capsicum?

Besides pepper spray, the uses of Oleoresin capsicum includes its addition in different pain-relieving creams and ointments that are used for a temporary relief from pain caused due to any kind of strains in muscles or to release backaches.

Does pepper spray work on everyone?

Pepper spray is undoubtedly an effective easy-to-use tool. It has a proven history of success. If you use it the right way, pepper spray will work on everyone.

It doesn’t rely on pain like tear gas ( mace or CS gas ) and you cant build up resistance to it. Pepper spray is used also as an animal repellent, it works even on bears, dogs, and other animals.

How to use it the right way?

Make it accessible

Always have it in somewhere you can find easily, it isn’t going to do any good if it’s buried at the bottom of your purse.

Proper grip

First thing is to know which finger you should be using to deploy the canister with. And, it’s your thumb. That way you can use other four fingers to grab securely around the spray.

Arming and disarming your device

In order to arm your device, you simply make the switch and slide.  Disarm the device only when you know you are in safe place.

Know stream patterns

Once you have armed it, and ready to spray, you must know what spray steam the device has. In most outdoor situations, stream and gel are the most popular spray patterns.

How far can pepper spray shoot?

How far pepper spray can reach depends on canister and pattern. If you use a regular pepper spray or mist pattern it is 5-12 feet approximately. Stream sprays have a higher range than mist sprays but have less potential in spreading out in the air. Foam sprays have the lowest range.

What is the strongest pepper spray available?

If you want to buy the strongest pepper spray available you need to check OC percentage, Scoville Heat Units ( SHU ) and major capsaicinoids ( MC ).

Is Police pepper spray stronger?

The potency of one pepper spray differs from another. Civilians in the US have access to pepper spray that is similar in potency than the one used by law enforcement officers.

What are the effects of pepper spray?

Capsaicin creates a burning sensation whenever it comes into contact with the skin or any part of the body. As it is used in pepper sprays, it creates difficulty in breathing when sprayed on the face and burns eyes and makes them fill with tears. Find out more here.

Can you die from inhaling pepper spray?

No! You cannot die on inhaling only a pepper spray. It cannot be a primary cause of death but it can contribute to the factors and mix and match with them that could be a reason for the death of a person.

Till date, few people are said to be dead due to exposure of pepper spray but according to reports, there were other factors also along with a pepper spray that may be the main reason of causing deaths.

Does pepper spray cause an allergic reaction?

People with a higher risk of an adverse reaction to pepper spray are asthmatics. They can have allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of this condition include obstructed airways, this allergic reaction can be life-threatening.

Can you go blind from pepper spray?

There have been studies that suggest that people who already have impaired corneal integrity can get eye damage from pepper spray. This is because the product disrupts the cornea’s epithelial layer. However, there is no evidence to suggest that people with good eye health can go blind due to a few exposures with pepper spray.

Can you get permanent damage from pepper spray?

Pepper spray doesn’t cause any permanent damage. Various studies have been done to gauge the danger of using pepper sprays. It has been found that most such products are safe and non-toxic. However, if one experiences repeated exposure to the product, it might cause sensitivity in the cornea.

How long does pepper spray last in the air?

It depends where you are, if you sprayed outdoors it can last for 30 seconds, but if you used it indoors it can last to 30 minutes. If you used it indoors you need to know more, find out here.

How long does pepper spray last on the skin?

If pepper spray is sprayed directly on the skin, its effects are far more severe as compared to its effects on spraying it in the air. The effects can last up to 60 minutes on the skin, as it makes the nerves swell.

Does regular pepper spray work on bears?

Personal self-defense pepper sprays are not designed to repel bears, it does not work on bears because of short-range. If you want effectively defend against bears you should use bear pepper spray.

What is the difference between bear pepper spray and regular pepper spray?

As compared to pepper sprays, bear spray can shoot farther and has a broader affected area. On the contrary, pepper spray is used to fend off humans due to its targeted stream. In case of pepper spray, you have to wait for an invader to come at a closer distance before you can spray.

Is bear pepper spray stronger than regular pepper spray?

Both bear spray and pepper spray contain the same active ingredient, they cause some bothersome symptoms. However, bear spray is not as strong as pepper sprays. This is because it doesn’t need to be. Animals have more sensitive senses of smell and sight, this is why it takes less concentration of OC to attack them and keep humans safe.

A can of pepper spray may contain active ingredient in concentrations of 1.33% CRC but can reach 10% CRC. On the other hand, bear spray has a much lower concentration of active ingredient (capsaicin and related capsaicinoids). The active ingredient ranges from 1-2% CRC. This is why bear spray is suggested to only use as a bear deterrent.

What is the difference between dog pepper spray and regular pepper spray?

Dog pepper spray is animal repellent, a regular pepper spray is a self-defense tool. Pepper spray is much stronger than dog pepper spray.

Does dog pepper spray work on humans?

Don’t use dog pepper spray on humans, it won’t work in most of the times. This type of spray is designed only to repel dogs.

What is the difference between pepper spray and pepper spray gun?

They both consist of the same ingredient, the only difference is in the design and the distance that the pepper spray is capable of. Some of pepper spray guns use pepper balls to hit the target.

Does pepper spray explode?

In summer or when the climate is extremely warm, the pepper spray canisters can explode. Therefore, it is vital that adequate attention is paid to the storage of these cans.

For one thing, ensure that they are stored at a moderate temperature. It is equally essential to keep the spray away from children and animals who can be harmed by the spray.

Does pepper spray freeze?

Yes, pepper spray can freeze, this is because nowadays OC sprays are water and not ethanol-based. It is important to notice that you should keep it near your body when you are outside under cold conditions and the spray will not freeze.

Is expired pepper spray still effective?

The shelf life of OC spray is up to 4 years. You should test is once in a while. Always check the exiraton dates. Don’t use expired pepper spray, it is not effective.

How to dispose of unused pepper spray?

The safest way is to bring the canister on fresh air, clasp it at arm’s length, and spray it against any object. Continue to spray until the canister is empty. Once you’re done, you can dispose of this empty can in your regular trash.

Can you mail pepper spray?

No, you cant mail pepper spray. You can use a retail store to send it for you.


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