When it comes to non-lethal self-protection, pepper spray has proven itself as a number one contender. Whether you need to fend off an assailant or frighten an animal, pepper spray allows you to go virtually anywhere with confidence.

This powerful substance contains capsaicin, a derivative of cayenne pepper. When sprayed in the eye, an excruciating burning sensation instantly cripples an attacker, allowing for a safe getaway. Pepper spray with 10% concentration of capsaicin (OC) is legal to use in all 50 states as a self-defense weapon. However, if used inappropriately, there are legal actions that can be held against. Additionally, if used incorrectly, pepper spray can backfire and cause severe damage to you rather than your attacker.

What Happens When Pepper Spray Hits Your Eyes?

  1. The mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, lungs and throat become intensely inflamed.
  2. Temporary blindness, breathing becomes difficult, along with a runny nose and coughing.
  3. Burning sensation all over affected areas of the skin
  4. Effects typically last from 20 to 90 minutes!

How Can I Use Pepper Spray Effectively?

1.    Always have it handy when you’re alone in public, especially at night, walking to your car, etc. Keep it on your keychain or at the top of your bag in its own pocket so you can easily find it and have it in your hands already before leaving any building. There are also several gadgets that can be worn to hold pepper spray close to your body.

2.    Hold the spray with your index finger on the red trigger for a good grip and the canister firmly in your palm.

3.    Flip the red trigger with your index finger from the left side safety position to the center “ready” position.

4.    Hold down on the red trigger and spray your attacker from ear to ear, then eyebrows down.

5.    After you’ve sprayed, do NOT stand there! Move away immediately and make space between you and the attacker.

What Should I Do if I Get Pepper Spray on Myself?

Blowback happens – and it’s a big concern with pepper spray, especially when you’ve never had to use it. If you get it in your eyes, blink rapidly and let your eyes tear up to flush out the irritant. You can also flush your eyes with water. If you only get it on your skin, wash thoroughly with soap and water. Be careful not to touch your eyes after using pepper spray or getting it on your hands—it can leave a residue that will irritate for a long time.

Using pepper spray properly is extremely important. If you use it properly, you’re going to get the benefits that you need, if not you could find yourself in an even more dangerous situation. By understanding the proper way to use pepper spray and the ways it can be used, you’ll be able confidently go anywhere. 

At Gnarly Gorilla, we offer a stylish pink Mace Pepper Gun that makes proper use even easier!  We also offer several personal defense items that will add to your safety. For more information on our products, contact us online