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.
They started to use it in 1973 as a means of subduing violence.
An individual might use it as a means of self-defense or to fend off an attack.
The main component is an extract of chili peppers, which is a strong irritant to the eyes, nose and throat.
You spray it and the result is immediate.
There are no long-term effects, because it wears off completely after a few hours.
Strange as it may seem, capsaicin is odorless, colorless and flavorless, yet it is so strong it can give you blisters on your skin.
The spray patterns are stream, mist and fog. Each one has a different range and distance of spray.
They have a safety catch to prevent accidents.
Capsaicin reacts with the nerve endings in the body's mucous membranes.
First, you might start coughing. You might also have difficulty breathing and find that your throat is swelling up.
Pepper spray is biodegradable, so the effect on the environment is negligible.
Pepper spray is controversial because, while it hasn't been proven as a cause of death, there is evidence of it having contributed to certain deaths.
Since it's an oil, your best bet is to use a soap or detergent. Plain water won't work, just as it won't clean your greasy pots.
Touching an area of your body affected by pepper spray may lead you to spread it further if you aren't careful.
You should blink rapidly in order to get your eyes to tear up. Then you should use a "no tears" shampoo to flush it out from your eyes.
It's a good idea to carry medicated wipes with you in case you need them.
Each state has its own laws. Differences vary between the minimum age required, the amount you can carry, etc.
Pepper spray was banned as a weapon according to international law in 1972.
You need a permit in Hong Kong. In Canada and Belgium, it is illegal for private use altogether.
The range is between $10 and $50, although they usually cost under $20.