How to Use Pepper Spray - 4 Easy Steps

If you’re here to learn more about your new pepper spray or gel, you’re in the right place. At SABRE, we know that personal safety is personal, so our goal is to make sure you’re comfortable with your personal safety plan and learn how to use your new pepper spray.

First off: Keep it handy.
When you take your new pepper spray out of its package, make sure you find a convenient home for it. It won’t do you any good at the bottom of a purse, deep in the pocket of a backpack, or way down at the bottom of your car’s center console. Your pepper spray might have a snap clip, quick release, keychain, or belt clip – use those!

Second: Get a grip.
Now, let’s look at what kind of pepper spray you have. Do you have a flip top, twist top, or a twist lock model? Does your pepper spray have a finger grip or not? Get comfortable with it in your hand, and take a moment to get a good grip.

You want a nice, strong grip in your dominant hand with your thumb on the trigger and your other fingers around the canister. The thumb is critical – this helps you have a steady hold and decreases any risk of it being taken from you.

If you have a flip top, you’ll slide your thumb under the top of the canister and hold it out in front of you. If you have a twist lock, you’ll slide the nozzle to the ‘open and unlocked’ position.

Next: Spray and away.
Once you get comfortable storing and holding your pepper spray, it’s time to learn how to actually use it. Pepper sprays and pepper gels deploy extremely similarly, so these tips work for both.

Hold the canister in your dominant hand, and extend that arm out in front of you. Unlock the safety mechanism, and grip with your thumb on the center of the actuator. Press down. You want to spray ear to ear, across the eyes. Aim for the nose and mouth once the eyes are affected.

If you miss the first time, steady your aim, and reverse – go back across the eyes to saturate that area, and then cover the face as much as possible. Your goal is to take an attacker’s vision away, and cause involuntary eye closure, difficulty breathing, facial burning, and psychological symptoms like fear, anxiety, and panic.

At SABRE, we say ‘spray and away’ – once you saturate your attacker’s eyes and face with the pepper spray, it’s time to get away – that’s the most important thing. Then, call for help if needed.

Last: Know what you’re working with.
Make sure you know exactly what you’re working with to better ensure you have protection at a safe distance.

Pepper spray is one of the best personal safety options because it allows you to better protect yourself (and your loved ones) from a safer distance. Most SABRE Pepper Sprays have a range of 10-20 feet, depending on the model. Be safe, go confidently, and trust your instincts – they’re usually right.

About SABRE:
As the #1 personal safety brand trusted by law enforcement and consumers worldwide, SABRE’s mission is to educate and empower consumers to feel safer in their everyday lives. Whether protection is needed on the go, venturing out on a hike, running errands, or going for a run – SABRE wants to help you Make It Safe®, no matter where you go, what you do, or where life takes you. #MakeItSafe #PersonalSafetyIsPersonal

About our Formula:
With an industry exclusive in-house HPLC laboratory, only SABRE guarantees its maximum strength formulation in every canister to help give you peace of mind, certainty, reliability, and safety when you need it most. As the climate changes, so does the strength of red peppers and the effectiveness of pepper spray. That’s why SABRE tests the levels of active ingredients at each stage of the manufacturing process – from dried pepper to produced spray – to guarantee heat levels every time.

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