Defensive sprays are an easy-to-use and highly effective, non-lethal means of personal protection. These devices shoot out a pressurized stream, cloud, or foam that will temporarily disable your attacker and give you an opportunity to escape a threatening situation.
Pepper sprays contain oleoresin capsicum (OC) – a naturally occurring substance derived from cayenne peppers. The OC formula creates an intense burning sensation to the skin, eyes and throat, and causes an attacker’s eyes to slam shut upon direct contact.
You can use them indoors as well as outdoors, and you can use them to protect yourself against people, dogs, bears, and other wild animals, too.
Historically, there is a constant war being waged among manufacturers of these sprays. Everyone claims to have the hottest spray on the market, and everyone says "Mine will work when others won't".
What should you believe?
Look - defensive sprays use a derivative of hot pepper that is an inflammatory. This is the same stuff that makes your eyes water, makes you cough, and makes you gasp for air when you get too much it, is really going to do a number on you (or your attacker) if you spray them in the face.
Most people have had little exposure to the eye-shutting, inflammatory effects or pepper spray, and so any concentration of pepper spray will disable them for a relatively long period of time. Other people who have had a lot of past exposure to MACE and pepper spray may have developed a tolerance of the pepper; with these guys, you need to use as strong a concentration as possible to put them on the ground.
Store your Defensive Spray in cool dry area away from heat, flame or strong light. Use with adequate ventilation. Do not store it in an environment where the temperature may exceed 120 degrees F (50 degrees C) such as an enclosed vehicle. The Pepper Spray cartridge may leak from over pressurization and fail to function properly. Do not store unit in a cold environment under 32 degrees F (0 degrees C). This may cause depressurization and the loss of effective range.
All Defensive Sprays have a shelf-life. Most of our products have the expiration date stamped on the product itself. In most cases, when you reach the expiration date for a defensive spray product you should properly dispose of the unit in accordance with the environmental regulations in your area.