Personal safety sprays are great tools, easy to use and if accessible can easily deter a potential threat at a safe distance. Two of the most common mistakes individuals make, however, are as follows:
1.) They don’t know how to use it properly
2.) They don’t keep it accessible
Often times individuals make the wise purchase but never bother to read the directions or become familiar with the product. This is a very big mistake. World class athletes choke under stress all of the time. Waiting until your facing a threat to learn how to effectively use the product is a terrible plan. Hold it in your hand. Grip it. Familiarize yourself with the deployment mechanism and safety. Try it in both hands in case your strong/dominate hand is not available. Be comfortable presenting it towards your threat and be ready to use it. Do you know how far it sprays and how many shots it contains? Find out to maximize your safety!
Now that your comfortable with how it feels and operates, be sure to keep it accessible. In potentially vulnerable situations, it does you no good if it’s buried in the bottom of your hand bag or left on the kitchen counter. Bad guys are usually not very generous with their time. They tend to be in a hurry and are not likely to let you search for your counter measure. Instead, have it in hand and ready to use when in vulnerable situations! If you don’t want to show that you have it, hide your hand holding your pepper spray in your bag.
Be prepared, not scared! Security Equipment Corporation, manufacture of SABRE personal safety sprays (commonly known as pepper spray) encourages all to be proactive regarding their personal safety. Visit www.sabrered.com to obtain your pepper spray or to sign up for the next SABRE Personal Safety Academy class in your area!