Anyone who is going to buy pepper spray might be wondering how he or she is going to use it. The best thing about it all is that pepper spray is very easy to use. Even so, practicing and visualizing how pepper spray is used in an emergency is very relevant. Ensure that as you are practicing, you use a substitute object which is of the same size as that of the canister or an actual inert can. The techniques for using pepper spray can be stated down in five steps.
Effects of pepper spray to an attacker
Before proceeding to the steps of how to use pepper spray for self defense, first you should know its effects on the attacker. When pepper spray is sprayed into a person’s face and eyes, the victim gets irritations in the eyes, skin and the upper respiratory tract’s mucous membranes. The individual may experience some choking and coughing together with some pain. The attacker will be very uncomfortable and unable to open their eyes for a time interval of between ten minutes to one hour. It is also recommended for use against attacks form dogs and for controlling wild animals.
Step one: Drawing easily
Ensure that you can easily and quickly draw the spray from where it is kept and also when it is put away, the spot where it is put is secure enough not to let it fall out accidentally. This may require you to try out a number of locations and some practice to make sure that it can be quickly and smoothly drawn. Most of the pepper spray brands are sold with a carrying case, consider making use of it. If it has got a snap release or the other 2-step process to draw, practice on how to do this quickly. But in case you feel threatened, you can release the snap ahead of time.
Step two: Releasing safety
The other thing to put into consideration is the safety. Get to know any safety mechanism that is on the pepper spray. During your practice, mentally note when the safety would be released. This is part of the drawing process and should consist of a smooth motion.
Step three: Aiming and posture
The design of pepper spray is intended to cause irritation on the face above anything else, hence that must be you target. Nonetheless, it should never just be held in front of you. The use of pepper spray should only be part of the whole self defense posture. Put it in mind that your attacker might be grabbing or striking at you during the process of you drawing out the spray. In order to defend from being grabbed, jostled or struck, step back a little bit with your knees bent and feet apart more than the width of the shoulder. When you step back, distance is created thus reducing you profile and making it harder to be hit by the assailant. You should not push your hand which is holding the spray so far such that your arm is extended fully.
Step four: Centering and fanning the spray
One helpful tip for properly aiming the pepper spray is to look at the face of the attacker while bringing it in line with your eyes. They should be moved in one unit. Whenever people get threatened, they usually close their eyes. You should never do this. To account for any movements made by the attacker, poor aim and other factors, fan it back and forth.
Step five: Scream, Fight and escape
Scream and scream throughout the whole incident. One of the catchy statements you can scream is “stop it!” This also requires some practice as in plenty of cases surprise assault may render you speechless. After using the spray to create an opportunity to escape, get away as quickly as possible. Pepper spray works immediately, thus you have to press, hit and run as fast as you can. You need to also be prepared because there is a risk of some of the spray hitting you due to its scattering and the effects due to the wind.