Pepper Spray and Its Effectiveness in Self Defense.
Pepper Spray is an aerosol compound containing the active ingredient oleoresin capsicm, commonly referred to as O.C. To best understand how this product works as a self defense mechanism, just think of the effects of the average hot chile, the heating action of which is measured using the Scoville scale. In the case of a fresh jalapeno, for example, the Scoville factor ranges from around 2,500 to 8,000 units. Now, if you've ever been spending a nice, relaxing, evening in the kitchen preparing your favorite Mexican dish, and have, after chopping chiles, inadvertantly touched any area around your eyes, you have felt a fraction of the effects of what is essentially pepper spray. Considering the jalapeno's 2,500 to 8,000 units you can see how a concentrated spray ranging from 2 to 5 MILLION Scoville units will get one's attention. The effects are dizzying. Attackers are immediately stricken with uncontrollable watering of the eyes, involuntary eye closure, swelling of the nasal tissue, runny nose, and even uncontrolled crouching, caused by spasms. Sounds like bunches of fun, huh? Depending on pepper spray concentration, these effects may last in excess of 45 minutes, giving you more than enough time to escape, sound a personal alarm, or, better yet, provide your attacker with a well deserved, introduction to your taser or stun gun.
This very effective self defense mechanism is sold in a multitude of shapes, sizes and concentrations. There are a few important factors to consider when deciding which products will best suit your needs. Though currently legal in all states please visit Pepper Spray Restrictions. This will provide you with information on state laws governing the sale and use of these products. Also see Which Pepper Spray is Right for Me? to compare product types, concentrations, and sizes.