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    This Example Of How To Use Pepper Spray Needs To Be Shared Because It Is Truly Helpful And Informative

    If you've been carrying pepper spray around for years but don't really know how to use it in case of an emergency, this is for you.

    Hi, I'm Krista, and, as your designated BuzzFeed Mom 👋, it's my mission to make sure we all learn those basic skills you probably weren't taught in school.

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    It amazes me that so many parents send their kids off to high school and college with self-defense mechanisms like pepper spray and no practice on how to use them. So, today we're changing that and learning how to deploy pepper spray using credible sources and tips from Jennifer Cassetta who is a self-defense expert, health and empowerment coach, speaker, and author of The Art of Badassery: Unleash Your Mojo with Wisdom of the Dojo.

    Here is a "how to" video on how to use it, or you can scroll down for the steps below:

    Step One

    Learning the specifics means understanding what kind of top, or unlocking mechanism, it has. The next thing you need to know is how far away it sprays. This will help you understand how far away you need to be from a threat. Lastly, figure out what kind of spray it is.

    Pepper spray

    There are four types of pepper spray — fog, stream, gel, and foam — but the most common is stream spray.

    Pepper spray
    Step Two

    I would NOT practice spraying your pepper spray for obvious reasons, but if you want to practice IRL, Jen recommends getting a practice spray that just has water in it! You just want to make sure that the spray has the same type of top as the pepper spray you have so you're familiar with what you've got.

    Practice Spray
    Step Three

    In general, you want to grip the spray in a fist, having your thumb free to unlock and deploy the spray. The reason for this is because in case you need to punch someone, your knuckles are facing them, according to Jen.

    Now, we already discussed the four types of sprays, and for each kind, you want to extend your arm straight out and deploy the spray from ear to ear as a rule of thumb. Spray back and forth for a few seconds.

    Step Three

    You can create a target and start getting comfortable spraying the water practice spray at that. (And even though you could technically ask a person if you could spray them since it's just water, as a mom, it is my duty to warn you that it does shoot out pretty fast and quick, so it might hurt!)

    My Target

    Here are some important things to remember:

    Important Tips

    And, lastly, let's end with what to look out for before buying pepper spray:

    Before Buying Pepper Spray

    OK, that's all for today's skill. Hopefully, this was helpful to you in some way! If you've got a skill they never taught you in school that you wanna learn, let me know in the comments or DM me on insta @callmekristatorres, and I'll see what I can do!