Self defense tools are intended for individuals that are pro-actively preparing to defend themselves from brief aggressive encounters or situations of violent activity.
Potentially dangerous situations can arise at any time, but the fact is, the threat of violent activity tends to escalate during disaster situations.
People tend to panic and tensions are high during many emergency or crisis events.
Self defense tools, and non-lethal weapons are intended to counter an attack, render the assailant ineffective, or at least dissuade the attacker from continuing the assault.
Everyday objects, such as baseball bats or a pair of car keys, can be used as improvised weapons for self-defense, however they are not likely to be as readily accessible or effective as tools that are built and intended for that purpose.
When considering a self defense tool, educate yourself on what the tool is best used for. It would be wise to take time to practice using the tool (obviously on an object, not a person), to get a "feel" for what the tool can do, and to become more comfortable using it.
When using self defense tools or weapons, unless a person is well trained under stress, or familiar with the use of their weapon, they are frequently at a disadvantage using them in a high stress situation.
NOTE: There may be legal concepts behind using self-defense items, if the tool being used is considered a "weapon". Be sure you make yourself aware of your local weapon and restriction laws before purchasing any weapon, lethal or non lethal.
Mace Pepper Spray
Both terms "Mace" and "Pepper Spray" are frequently used interchangeably due to the brand name Mace™, but they are two different products with their own formulations.
Mace™ Brand typically blends 2 different components: OC pepper and Tear Gas. You get both immediate OC effectiveness plus painful tear gas concentration.
Mace™ Brand carries several different types of formulations, the newest being: spray-foams, and spray-gels. Mace™ Foam is hard to get off and smears back into the face. Mace™ Gel is "slimy" and sticks to the person in a gooey mess, it also has a longer range than the original liquid spray.Pepper spray, also known as OC spray, and capsicum spray, is a chemical compound (originating from the oil of hot peppers) that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary blindness. It is used in riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.
Pepper spray is an inflammatory. It causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing. The duration of its effects depend on the strength of the spray but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours.
Pepper spray typically comes in canisters, which are often small enough to be carried or concealed in a pocket or purse. Pepper spray can also be bought concealed in items such as rings or pens. Pepper sprays usually have a range of 5-20 feet, giving a person more space between themselves and an attacker.
Pepper spray is inexpensive and non lethal, but you have to be very careful in using the product. You must know that pepper spray is only to be used for self defense.
So misuse of the product will be penalized by law for irresponsible behavior. How-to-use information is important to ensure that you get maximum advantage when using it on an assailant.
Hand-held Stun Guns
The stun gun is designed to key into the nervous system. It dumps its energy into the muscles at a high pulse frequency that makes the muscles work very rapidly, but not efficiently.
Although there is no significant effect on the perpetrator's heart and other organs, you have the time you need to get away and call for help. Stun Guns are a direct-contact-weapon not to be confused with a Taser which delivers electrical shock remotely by means of barbed contacts connected by wires.
When the probes make contact with the target, the weapon transmits powerful electrical pulses along the wires and into the body of the target through up to two inches of clothing. Some tasers, such as the new TASER C2® series, can stop a threat up to 15 feet away (4.5 meters), allowing you a safe distance to protect yourself and family from an attacker. If a close quarter defense is warranted, the C2 doubles as a contact stun device to repel someone as a powerful and unexpected backup capability. (Can also be used as a regular stun gun)
Taser Devices have been shown to be extremely effective in taking down even the most aggressive person. Because of their extreme effectiveness, they are considered to be the best choice non lethal self defense weapon available to the public.
Personal Alarms (sonic weapons) are a way to practice passive self-defense. A personal alarm is a small, hand-held device that emits strong, loud, high pitched sounds to deter attackers because the noise will draw the attention of passersby, they may also be used as sonic weapons to distract an attacker.
Home Safety Products
Home Safety Products cover a wide range of topics all focused on keeping you and your family safe in your home. Home Safety is perhaps the most important thing in your life. Where else do you have an absolute expectation of being safe other than in your own home?
There are several new and inexpensive ways to protect you, your family, and your home, we'll cover a few worth mentioning below:
Awareness, Avoidance, and Flight
Being aware of potentially dangerous situations and avoiding them by thinking ahead is an alternative method to using self defense tools, as is leaving the situation where possible. This is often considered safer than attempting to defeat an attacker.
Due to its non-physical nature, awareness and flight are emphasized heavily in women's self defense classes where it is assumed that the attacker will probably be larger and stronger than the victim.
De-escalation is the use of voice, tone, and body language to calm a potentially violent situation before violence actually ensues. Terms such as 'verbal judo' are used in reference to De-escalation, because the verbal tactics are similar to the physical tactics in the martial art of judo.