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Pepper spray, the number one essential in any woman’s pocket or purse, but do you really know how to use it? In the end, something that could possibly save you could just be turned and used against you, just by improper usage. So maybe it’s time to take a closer look at that pepper spray bottle, not too close, and make sure you know how to properly use it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Practice by taking it out of the compartment you’re keeping it in or rolling it around in your hand and getting the right grip.
  • Most sprays are effective between four and six feet, but some can reach as far as 20 feet. Being aware of how many shots you have can be important if you’re faced with multiple attackers.
  • Make sure your pepper spray canister is easily accessible from wherever you keep it, but also that it’s in a secure spot where it won’t fall out by accident.

“According to a Gallup poll, only 12% of Americans who are non-victims carry pepper spray. That number jumps to 20% when considering those who have experienced crime.”

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