Deciding to carry mace or pepper spray might seem like an easy decision. However, there are several things to consider after buying mace. Most importantly, you must decide how to store it and how to operate it. It is like a fire extinguisher, it is there to protect you, but if you do not know how to use it, it is useless.
How To Store Mace
Safety is key to storing mace. As with any other weapon, mace needs to be kept away from children. Children are curious and if they get their hands on mace, it can be very serious. Mace inflames the nose, lungs, throats, and eyes. This can lead to difficulty breathing, burning of the eyes and throat, and other similar symptoms. So, if this happens to a child it is very devasting and scary. Therefore, mace needs to be kept in a safe place where children cannot reach it.
Mace should be stored in a cool, dry area and should not be exposed to high heat, extreme cold, or a strong light. Mace can explode if it is left in a car on a hot day. If it is subjected to extreme temperatures, it can either leak, explode, or become less effective. The last thing you want to happen is that your mace explodes in your car!
One of the most important rules to where to store your mace is that you need to keep it with you. If you leave it at home, or in your car, it does not protect you. Additionally, women should try not to store it in their purse. It is hard to dig through your purse quickly to find the mace if you need it. It needs to be readily accessible in case a situation arises that you need it for.
How To Use Mace
Practicing is important. You need to know how to use your mace before you need to use it to defend yourself. Practicing how to use it when you are not in a high stress situation is vital to becoming comfortable with the way your mace operates. Most containers are held vertically in your hand and you depress a leaver with your thumb to shoot the spray. However, there are some other designs, like ones that are held horizontally to shoot the spray. So, you need to understand how your unit shoots and which direction to hold it. Additionally, many places sell test units that are just filled with water. This allows you to practice without using actual pepper spray.
The biggest concern with using mace is the possibility of spraying yourself with it. This is one of the reasons you need to practice with it. Additionally, you want to get an idea of how far the mace shoots, so you know how close to an attacker you have to be to be effective. You also want to get the feel of the mace in your hand and the best way to hold it. You do not want to spray yourself with it.
In addition to knowing about your mace, you need to decide what kind of mace you have. There are a few different kinds of mace, with different spraying patterns. Options include a fog, a cone spray, a stream spray and a gel spray. Each option has its advantages, so you just need to make sure you choose the one you will be most comfortable with if you have to use it. Regardless of the kind of spray you choose, they can all have devastating effects on the attacker.
So, while buying mace is a step in the right direction for self defense in case someone tries to attack you, you need to know how to store it and how to use it. Making sure it is stored is a cool, dry area that is not accessible to children is key. Furthermore, you must practice. Practice makes perfect and using mace is no different. After you understand where and how to use mace, you can be confident that you have the means to protect yourself.