Protecting yourself during the chaos of an emergency (or even on a day-to-day basis) can be vital, and though many people think of firearms in terms of defence, you don’t always want to go that route. A milder deterrent can be just as effective in many circumstances. Here are some options:
This is a classic self-defence product, often associated with women but the stuff works for anyone. A pressured canister of capsicum oils will deliver a very painful blast of heat to eyes, nose and mouth. It’s very debilitating (to yourself as well, if you’re not careful) but certainly not lethal. The legality of carrying concealed pepper spray varies by country and state, so it may not always be available if it’s considered a restricted substance. A common work-around is to buy bear or dog repellent at some of the larger outdoor stores. It’s the same product, just in larger cans.
One of the great things about using pepper spray is that you can use it while remaining more than an arm’s length from your attacker. Of course, the closer you are, the more accurate your shot will be but at least you can give it a try before you have to deal with them up close and personal.
Hand Held Defence Weapons
There are a few different options for small hand-held “weapons” you can carry with you to provide some extra power to a blow during a struggle. Kubatons, stingers or tactical pens are all items you can carry on a keychain, and they each give you an advantage in a fight. You don’t need a large weapon to inflict a serious injury. These small tools can give a small but hard surface to a punch or dig into soft flesh (go for the face if you can). An old-fashioned set of brass knuckles would also work but they are often illegal.
Any of these items can be carried daily but you do need some rudimentary skills in fighting to be able to use them.
These are getting more and more common, and they are generally legal. If you don’t have any skills at all in hand-to-hand defence, go with a taser or stun gun. A small pocket model can still deliver a million volts to your attacker, and unlike pepper spray, you can make contact anywhere for it to be effective. Just make sure you check the batteries frequently so you’re not stuck with a dead taser when you really need it.
Carrying 1 or more of these little tools can make sure you stay protected no matter what is going on outside. Of if you’d rather not rely on items like these, you can always learn some martial arts. Having some skills under your belt is more reliable than any tool because you can’t accidentally forget them at home.