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The Ultimate Pepper Spray Quiz
by Staff
If you are being attacked by an assailant or a vicious dog, pepper spray can be a life saver. Take this quiz to learn more about pepper spray.

When did law enforcement bodies start to use pepper spray?

  • in 1973
  • in 1980
  • in 1988

Why would an individual want to use pepper spray?

  • to spice up his food
  • as a means of self-defense
  • for religious purposes

What is the main component of pepper spray?

  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extract of chili peppers
  • powdered bell pepper

How long does it take to work from the moment you spray it?

  • It varies between people, but usually between three and five minutes.
  • It often takes two minutes to set in.
  • The result is immediate.

After much exposure to pepper spray, what are the long-term effects?

  • There are none, because it wears off after a few hours.
  • Your vision deteriorates.
  • It affects your vocal cords permanently.

Which of these are true about capsaicin, the active compound in pepper spray?

  • It is odorless and colorless.
  • It is flavorless and can cause blisters on your skin.
  • Both of the above are correct.

What are the three spray patterns of aerosol canisters?

  • haze, daze, shock
  • screen, veil, cloud
  • stream, mist, fog

What do pepper sprays have to prevent accidental triggering of the spray?

  • a safety valve
  • a safety mechanism
  • a safety cover

How does capsaicin affect the body so strongly?

  • It attacks the fatty tissue around the heart.
  • It triggers an adrenaline rush.
  • It reacts with the body's nerve endings.

Aside from an intense burning sensation, what else might happen to your throat upon exposure to pepper spray?

  • You might start coughing, have difficulty breathing and find your throat swelling.
  • It might close up completely, giving you no oxygen for about 30 minutes.
  • You might become hoarse, then lose the power of speech altogether.

What effect does pepper spray have on the environment?

  • Little effect -- it decomposes within a few months.
  • None -- it is biodegradable.
  • A negative effect -- it takes years to dissipate into the atmosphere.

Why is using pepper spray a controversial issue?

  • because it is so costly to produce
  • because it has contributed to some deaths
  • because it causes trauma to the victim

Pepper spray contains the oil oleoresin capsicum. What is the best method of washing it off?

  • using a cleansing soap or detergent
  • using regular water from the faucet
  • using a solvent

Why should you avoid touching an affected area?

  • because it is considered bad manners
  • because you might infect someone else
  • because you might spread it further if you touch

If you get pepper spray in your eyes, what should you do?

  • Put in eye drops that lubricate the eye ball.
  • Blink rapidly and use a "no tears" shampoo to flush it out.
  • Scream loudly to attract attention.

You have your own personal pepper spray on hand to fend off attack. What should you carry with you in case of an accident?

  • an extra can of spray
  • a cell phone
  • medicated wipes

According to U.S. law, what is the position regarding carrying pepper spray for personal use?

  • It is legal for all persons over the age of 18.
  • It varies from state to state.
  • You must obtain a special license to carry pepper spray.

Is pepper spray allowed in war, according to international agreements?

  • No, it is only allowed for peacetime activities, ever since 1982.
  • Yes, as long as it is used with "wise calculation."
  • No, it was banned as a weapon of war in 1972.

In which country do you need a legal permit to carry your own pepper spray?

  • Hong Kong
  • Canada
  • Belgium

What is the price range for a small can of pepper spray?

  • between $5 and $30
  • between $10 and $50
  • between $20 and $70