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WildFire Pepper Spray

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Question: What is the main active ingredient in pepper spray and how does it affect a person?

Answer: The active ingredient in pepper spray is oleoresin capsicum or OC. The OC is derived from Cayenne peppers, some of the hottest peppers in the world. Where mace and tear gas are irritants, pepper spray OC is an inflammatory agent. When this inflammatory agent comes in contact with eyes, nose, throat and lungs, it causes immediate dilation of the capillaries. The result is temporary blindness, considerable tearing of the eyes, instant inflammation of the breathing tube and temporary paralysis of the larynx, which causes subjects to lose their breath. The OC will create an intense burning sensation on the surface of the skin.

After being sprayed, attackers’ reactions become reflexive in nature. They immediately cover their eyes and bend over in a defensive posture to avoid further contact. The effects of the spray generally last about 20 to 45 minutes (as little as 10 minutes in some and as long as 60 minutes in others) and leaves no lasting after effects.

Because pepper spray is an inflammatory and not an irritant it is effective on people who feel no pain such as psychotics and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Question: When should I use my pepper spray?

Answer: You should ONLY use pepper spray in the following situations:

* If the physically safety of someone you care about is threatened.

* If the life of someone you care about is in danger.

* If you’re physically safety is threatened.

* If your life is in danger.

Warning: It is a crime to use pepper spray to commit malicious acts.


Question: Does Wildfire pepper spray sell key chain pepper spray?

Answer: Yes, and many of them come in their own leatherette holster. Key chain pepper spray is especially convenient, as it is easier to access when it is kept attached to one’s keys.


Question: Can this pepper spray be stored in hot cars during the summer without losing potency?

Answer: Pepper spray should not be stored in places that reach 120 degrees+. This is because the pepper spray canister is likely to explode or leak due to overheating. For your safety, please avoid storing pepper spray in the hot cars.


Question: How old do you have to be to carry pepper spray?

Answer: Typically, 18 is the minimum age that one must be in order to purchase and carry pepper spray. However, one should still check with their local state laws, as some states have different restrictions regarding pepper spray.


Question: How do I use pepper spray?

Answer: When it comes time to use your pepper spray make sure you have distance between you and the threat if possible. Aim your spray at the eyes and facial region of the threat and spray for 1 to 2 seconds. NOW MOVE OUT OF THE WAY and keep your eyes on the threat. You want to avoid being grabbed by someone just sprayed.

The pepper spray can take a moment or two to cause a reaction. Watching the reaction of the threat will allow you to determine if you should apply another shot of pepper spray. Remember “Spray and Move!” Once the threat is neutralized, leave the area. They will NOT follow you. Consider seeking help and call the police.


Question: Why should I carry pepper spray?

Answer: There are many reasons why you should carry pepper spray as a defense weapon rather than a conventional weapon. Pepper spray is a non-lethal weapon. The effects wear off in 30-45 minutes and have no known permanent effect on humans. Provides an alternative to physical violence or death when potentially life-threatening situations arise.


Question: Is Wildfire pepper spray good to carry while running/jogging?

Answer: Yes, because Wildfire key chain pepper spray can be connected to your keys; or put it on a key chain hook and it'll clip on to your work out pants.

We also have the Pepper Spray Jogger, which is specifically designed for outdoor activities such as running/jogging. You can find it here: http://www.spyssafetyproducts.com/mace-pepper-spray-jogger-model.html


Question: How do I measure the effectiveness of pepper spray?

Answer: How good a pepper spray is usually depends on three factors: heat rating of the spray, type of carrier agent, and spray density. The intensity of pepper spray is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU’s). The average bell pepper starts at 0, to 5,000 for Jalapeno peppers and between 250,000 to 300,000 SHUs for Habaneros peppers. Pure OC (oleoresin capsicum) has a heat rating at around 15 million. Pepper spray for civilians is between 2-3 million SHUs, while police-grade spray is 5.3 million. The higher the SHU, the more intense the pain is.


Question: What does pepper spray do and how does it work?

Answer: While tear gas (CS and CN) is an irritant, pepper spray works as an inflammatory agent. Upon contact with the eyes and nasal cavities, the assailant’s eyes immediately clamp shut, he/she is overcome with uncontrollable coughing, temporary blindness sets in, breathing becomes restricted (leaving only enough breathing for life support), and the attacker is left in pain for at least 30 minutes on up to an hour.

Pepper spray works by attacking the respiratory system, causing the lining of the throat to swell and restrict airflow, leaving only minimal breathing for life support. When hitting the eyes, the capillaries dilate and the eyes slam shut. The capsaicin from the peppers inflame the mucous membranes, which leads to tearing, coughing and a burning sensation on exposed skin. Dilation of the pupils makes the eyes bloodshot, causing temporary blindness. The pain in the eyes usually results in the target rubbing their eyes, which worsens the condition. Because capsaicin is oil-based, the tear ducts are unable to get rid of it (only another oil-based substance, like milk or baby oil, helps to neutralize the effects of pepper spray).


Question: Does pepper spray expire?

Answer: Yes, pepper spray generally has a shelf life of two years. Most units have the expiration date stamped on the canister, indicating when the pepper spray should be replaced.