Crime Tracker: The Pros And Cons of Pepper Spray - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Crime Tracker: The Pros And Cons of Pepper Spray

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - Pepper spray is an effective weapon, but there's a lot to consider when it comes to using it. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit says it can scare off a potential attacker, but there are caveats.  Deputy Christopher Johnston recommends pepper spray because it can be used from a distance. 

The spray is made of peppers and can burn a person's skin, cause their eyes to involuntarily close and make their nose run. Johnston recommends pepper spray that deploys in a stream. He says the stream is the best way to avoid cross contamination. 

He says fog pepper spray and fan pepper spray shoots into wider areas, which can spread the pepper spray to an unintended target.  He says wind can also cause the spray to spread and even hit the person deploying it.  

It's also important to practice deploying pepper spray. Practice will allow you to know exactly what to expect if you must use the pepper spray in an emergency. It will also allow you to see whether the aerosol can is still effective. 

Over time, it can fizzle out and not deploy as effectively as it did when it was first purchased.   Make sure your pepper spray is in hand if you are in a potentially threatening situation.  It won't do any good if it's in the bottom of your purse. Finally, Deputy Johnston reminds us that the best way to avoid being attacked is to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: More than $30 million raised since July 29th

    ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: More than $30 million raised since July 29th

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 06:43:11 GMT
    KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO- There's the ice bucket challenge, and then there's the ice FRONT LOADER challenge. That's what employees at Kootenai Electric Cooperative used. Three front loaders, actually.
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Wednesday Spokane Mayor David Condon made good on his promise to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Mayor Condon did the challenge around noon on the Gonzaga Prep football field. Members of the school's football team were also there. The mayor is a G-prep alumnus, and received the ice bucket challenge from several people.
  • PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:16:50 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.
    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley.
  • Spokane Police work to implement body cameras

    Spokane Police work to implement body cameras

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:23:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department plans to equip 15 to 20 officers with body cameras starting the first week of September. Police Chief Frank Straub says his team still has a lot of details to work out, but that this is something that has been on their radar for quite some time.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department plans to equip 15 to 20 officers with body cameras starting the first week of September. Police Chief Frank Straub says his team still has a lot of details to work out, but that this is something that has been on their radar for quite some time.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.