Pepper spray, the most frequently asked questions

Q: Do you spell “pepper spray” with or without a hyphen?

A: It is spelled correctly without the hyphen.

Q: How does pepper spray work?

A: The product works by causing the attacker great pain, such as burning eyes, mouth and skin. The spray swells the mucous membranes, making it difficult to breathe, it also swells the veins in the eyes, causing the eyes to close and tear.

Q: What percentage of the spray is pepper?

A: Generally 17% and rated at 2,000,000 Scoville Head Units (SHU).

Q: Can you explain more about Scoville heating units?

A: The Scoville scale measures the hotness of chili peppers, as defined by the amount of bell pepper they contain. Bell pepper is a chemical compound that stimulates the nerve endings of chemo receptors in the skin, especially the mucous membranes. The number of Scoville Heat Units (SHU) indicates the amount of bell pepper present. As comparisons, let’s look at some common peppers. The common green pepper has a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) of 0. The Anaheim pepper has an SHU of between 500 and 2,500. The JalapeƱo has a (SHU) of between 2,500 and 8,000. Tabasco and Cayenne have the same (SHU) of between 30,000 and 50,000. The hottest pepper known to man is the Naga Jolokia and has an (SHU) of between 800,000 and 1,041,000. So the 2,000,000 (SHU) pepper spray packs a punch. Oh, just so you know. Pure Capsicum has a (SHU) of between 15,000,000 and 16,000,000.

Q: How long do the effects last?

A: between 20 and 30 minutes

Q: Why should I buy pepper spray?

A: Be a victor, not a victim. In other words. “Better safe than sorry”. Pepper spray gives you peace of mind. You will know that you can protect yourself in times of need. You can feel safe in your surroundings because you know you have taken down power. The use of this spray is safe and very effective. Almost daily, you can read about someone who escaped harm by using this product. Pepper spray is the most widely used self defense device on the market.

Q: Is there more than pepper spray available to consumers?

A: Pepper gel is fast becoming a popular item. Spray this gel on someone and the first thing they want to do is take it off. Being a gel, it does not come off. It just gets messier and messier and this gives you the perfect opportunity to get away. Mace spray is also a good product, and tear gas is also very effective. The new items also include combo packs. Example: pepper spray is combined with tear and a UV marking dye. Pepper spray causes burning eyes. It also causes uncontrollable coughing and choking. The tear gas causes profuse tearing and an intense burning sensation on the face and disorientation. The ultraviolet dye marks the aggressor and can aid in identification once apprehended

I hope I removed some of the astigmatism associated with pepper spray and provided you with some useful information. My second hope is that after buying this product I never have to use it.

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