When you are going somewhere by yourself, it pays to have a way to protect yourself. This is true especially for people who feel unequipped to defend themselves against physical aggressors.
Pepper spray is a viable solution for vulnerable people, especially young adults, women, and the elderly. Use your pepper spray as a compact protective device. The spray canister is easy to carry in your pocket,
purse, or small bag.
Carrying your personal supply of pepper spray
gives you a new responsibility. You must keep it away from people who might harm themselves, including children who might damage their eyes or someone else's eyes by spraying the canister. It is best to choose a place to conceal your pepper spray so that it won't easily fall out. At the same time, you want to be able to reach for it easily in an emergency situation.
Pepper spray is affordable for people who want a solution that is much safer than carrying a weapon, such as a gun or a knife. Your best bet is to educate yourself about how to use the pepper spray canister, how to
store it safely, how to discard it appropriately, and how to keep children from accessing it.