Carrying pepper spray is one thing. Knowing how to use it effectively is another. Follow these tips to ensure you are ready carry this weapon responsibly and ready to defend yourself fiercely.

APR 23, 2017


“Carry it out, loud and proud. Showing you are ready to defend can often avoid having to defend.  ”

How To Use Pepper Spray Effectively

The effects of pepper spray are non-lethal but very powerful none the less. Knowing where to aim, what to expect when you fire and how your attacker will react are important aspects of carrying this powerful self-defense weapon.

⭐Practice Beforehand

Become familiar with your personal pepper spray model. Learn the distance it reaches and how wide the spray pattern deploys. Practice unlocking the safety latch if it has one. Just as a gun owner would practice drawing a firearm, practice deploying your mace.

While conventional keychain models don't come with inert practice rounds, most of the higher end models do. For example, the Sabre Pepper Gel Pistol comes equipped with both live and practice cartridges.

⭐Be Ready To Defend

Carry it with you at all times. Carry it out and visible when you are on alert.

One moment can be the difference between escaping or being grabbed by an attacker. Don't waste that moment fumbling for your pepper spray in your purse. Carry it out, loud and proud. 

In fact, interviews with convicted muggers have revealed that in all of their experiences- they would pass on a victim if they saw she had a self-defense weapon in her hand.

⭐Yell "Fire!"

Yell ‘FIRE!’ (not HELP or STOP!) at your attacker. This serves several purposes. It will confuse your attacker because he is expecting to you yell for help or to yell at him to stop. He is definitely not expecting to hear that there is a fire. This simple action allows you to spray your attacker when he is off guard.

It will also alert people in the area that they should call 911. Sadly, statistics say that most people will not get involved if they hear someone yell for help, but they will get involved and call 911 if they believe a fire is flaming in the area.

⭐How To Use Pepper Spray

  1. Elevate the pepper spray product to face level with your attacker and keep it at arm’s length from your body ideally.

    The chemical compound in mace attaches to the soft mucous membranes of the respiratory system and causes a violent allergic reaction. For this reason, it is important to aim your pepper spray at the face. Specifically, they eyes, nose and mouth.

    If you are in hand to hand combat with your attacker, spray it on your hands and rub it in his eyes. This keeps the pepper spray from blowing back into your own face.

  2. Maintain your concentration of pepper spray on the attacker’s head, keep the actual stream steady.

    Expect to see your attacker begin reacting to the chemical compounds in a few moments. Gasping, temporary blindness, tearing and violently coughing are typical reactions.

  3. Spray your attacker with a second burst, if needed, and then move away.

  4. Exiting to a safe space is the goal!

  5. Remember, pepper spray doesn’t work instantaneously. It requires a few seconds to permeate the membranes. But your attacker will go down and be in excruciating pain while you have given yourself an escape route from the emergency situation.

“Look for a pepper spray model with extra safety features. Most have them now.”


⭐Extra Features

Defense spray manufacturers have gotten very innovative and now offer many pepper spray products that also have additional self-defense features included.

For example, the Strike-n-Spray model combines a pepper spray and blade to provide two self-defense weapons on one tool. Look for a self-defense spray product that has a UV dye in it. Most of them do. The UV dye will not wash off; providing police an easily identifiable target.

The Fight Fobs® self-defense keychains are an excellent way to carry pepper spray as well as several additional personal defense tools right on your keyring, including a kubaton and panic alarm.

Explore the fantastic selection of mace and pepper spray options at Defense Divas®. Our goal in selecting each product is to offer you unique and innovative ways to protect yourself. Most of our self-defense products come with a lifetime replacement warranty.

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