In the day to day crisis we are faced with, many have resorted to concealed firearms, pocket knives and Tasers as a way to protect themselves from unwanted or dangerous situations. But what if I told you there was an everyday object that can be more effective that you think? This handy self-defense object is also it’s required by law to be in every restaurant, place of business, school, movie theater and so on.
I’m talking about the fire extinguisher. What? Yes, the fire extinguisher.
Consider this, a fire extinguisher expels a powdery spray of chemicals from approximately 12 to 15 feet, while a pocket knife you’ve need to be in 2 to 4 feet of the intruder, and the likelihood of always having a trained gunman with you. The effects of being sprayed with these flame fighting chemicals include:
- Hearing and visual disturbance
- Difficulty breathing, choking or and respiratory distress
- Frostbite burns to exposed skin
- Central nervous system symptoms such as dizziness, unconsciousness and tingling
Most times, being sprayed with a fire extinguisher is enough to send people on the other end to the emergency room.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that locations such as offices, classrooms, and assembly halls that contain mainly Class A combustible materials have one 2-A extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet. Further, OSHA requires that all employees have access to an extinguisher within 75 feet travel-distance.
Thus, a fire extinguisher will be closer to your reach than a police officer at times, a safer distance to attack than a pocket knife or pepper spray, and more readily available that the firearm in the safe at home. Take an inventory of all the fire extinguishers in your everyday life, at home, work, school, public building, etc.