Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation that would require you to protect yourself from an attacker or assailant. However, many people opt to carry some sort of self defense product or item that they can use in the event they encounter a dangerous situation. Pepper spray is a common choice.
Pepper spray is made from oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is actually a chemical derivative of very hot peppers. This compound causes extreme pain and burning when it comes into contact with skin, eyes and mucous membranes, making it a very effective way to deter or stop any kind of physical attack. The effects of pepper spray are nonlethal but instant and will last up to 45 minutes, completely disabling your attacker.
There are several different types of pepper spray products that you can purchase as a self defense weapon to increase your safety and personal protection. Essentially there are four types of pepper spray products, fogger, stream, gel and foam. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so knowing the difference can help you figure out which type will work best for your own individual needs.
Pepper Spray Fogger
Pepper spray fogger products have a range of 4-8 feet when sprayed. These products are great because of the spraying distance, but they are not very effective under windy conditions because of the very fine droplets that are sprayed. In a windy situation, you may find that the spray actually may blow back in your direction.
Pepper Spray Stream
A stream type of pepper spray is very effective because it can cover up to 15-20 feet, depending on the size of the canister and the amount of propellant. This type of spray is effective, even under windy situations because it sprays with a higher force, not droplets like the fogger type. A stream pepper spray is less likely to blow back in your direction. If you use pepper spray streams in an indoor setting, you may risk inhaling some of the spray or getting splashed.
Pepper Spray Gel
Pepper spray gel is perfect for spraying in indoor settings or close quarters. However, it can cover up to 25 feet if necessary. There is no risk of splatter with pepper spray gel. It sticks to your attacker when making contact.
Pepper Spray Foam
Pepper spray foam is similar to pepper spray gel. Again, these products are great for close quarters or indoor use. When sprayed at an attacker, the foam will coat their face, rendering them completely incapacitated for enough time for you to get away. The foam can cover a range of 6-8 feet when sprayed.
Other Types of Pepper Spray
There are other pepper spray products that are on the market, such as animal pepper spray. These sprays are designed to prevent you from being attacked by an aggressive dog or a bear in the woods. The concentration in these products is less than those products designed for use against people.
Arming yourself with a non-lethal self defense product can mean the difference between being a victim and stopping an attack. Avoid becoming a victim by preparing yourself properly and knowing how to protect yourself!