The importance of self-defense cannot be stressed enough. The rising crime rate is proof of how dangerous the world can be.
Reports of murders, muggings, robberies, and rapes have become part of daily news. Learning to defend yourself and being prepared for any such situation is crucial for personal security.
Self-defense is not just important-it is absolutely necessary. With a variety of self-defense weaponry, the best ones are those which are lightweight, effective, and easy-to-hide. Most people, especially women, opt for self-defense sprays because of the same reasons.
When it comes to self-defense sprays, mace and pepper sprays are often preferred. However, these sprays come with a few drawbacks. These sprays usually don’t have a long-lasting effect and can be blown away or blown back in windy conditions.
Considering these drawbacks, pepper sprays are now upgraded to gel forms. Gels, because of their stickiness and thickness, have a lasting effect.
Is Pepper Gel Better Than Pepper Spray?
How is pepper gel better than pepper spray? Pepper gels are composed of an active ingredient oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is derived from cayenne pepper. The burning efficiency is measured in Scoville Heat Unit (SHU). A jalapeno pepper has 5000 SHU, while a single spray of pepper gel and spray can reach up to 2 million SHU. You can imagine the extreme burning effect of these self-defense sprays.
Secondly, a single burst of these sprays is enough to ward off the attackers. Upon coming in contact with the mucous membranes of the body, oleoresin capsicum (OC) swells the capillaries and causes extreme burning. Temporary blindness can occur if OC is sprayed in the eyes. Severe irritation of the respiratory and breathing difficulties often occur when OC is sprayed in the mouth or nose.
Though pepper sprays and pepper gels have the same chemical composition, gels are still a better option to pick. The main drawback of the spray is the ‘blowback’ or ‘cross-contamination.’ Rather than incapacitating the attacker, these sprays can cause risk to its users. Users can suffer blowback if these sprays are used in windy conditions. Cross-contamination occurs when these sprays are used in closed areas or quarters.
Pepper gels eliminate these two major drawbacks. Pepper gels are effective even at an increased range of 25 feet. The gel is released in a tight stream pattern, and as soon as it reaches its target, it sticks to it. Its glue-like stickiness makes it difficult to remove the gel. Pepper gels reduce the chances of overspray, and their fumeless quality makes them perfect for indoors. Unlike pepper sprays, pepper gels are non-flammable and can be easily used with stun guns and tasers.
Tips on How and When To Use The Pepper Gels Effectively
Once you have purchased your pepper gels, it is time to understand how to use it to fight off the potential attacker effectively. Without knowing how to use these gels properly, buying them won’t help you. Below we have provided some tips to make sure you use these gels effectively to protect yourself.
Be familiar with your pepper gel canister.
Each bottle or canister is different. It is crucial that you buy the one which fits your grip, and you can hold it in your hand properly. To gain familiarity with your pepper gels, practice taking it out and holding it in your hands. Most pepper gels come with safety lock, figure out where these locks and practice releasing them. Quick and accurate handling of the product is essential, as you cannot afford to drop or miss a shot in dangerous situations.
Accessibility of the pepper gel
Make sure to keep the canister from it can be quickly drawn and effectively used. Keep it in a spot where your canister stays secure too. If you choose to hang it outside your bag, then carefully secure it like a keychain, or you may hang it in your belt loop. Avoid keeping pepper gels in the inner pockets of your purse; it makes it difficult to reach them quickly.
Aiming the pepper gel
Pepper gels are designed to cause severe burning and irritation, but that is only possible if the sprays are targeted accurately. For their maximum impact, pepper gel has to come in contact with any mucous membrane of the body. It won’t work otherwise.
Pepper gels are effective up to 25 feet, so it is better to take advantage of this range. Use the spray before giving the potential attacker any chance of coming closer or in extreme cases grabbing you. The gels deliver an instant burning effect, escape the situation while your assailant is down.
Once sprayed, pepper gels stick like a glue making them difficult to remove easily. To keep your attackers away, it is better to target the most exposed and sensitive areas. Eyes are more exposed and sensitive than the nose and mouth. For maximum impact, use the gel ear-to-ear in a horizontal motion across the eyes.