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  • Do You Feel Safe When Jogging?

    The July disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts made national news. After going jogging on July 18, she vanished in Brooklyn, Iowa. Eventually, a home security camera showed a black Chevy Malibu passing her several times, then following her. It was traced to Christhian Rivera, who had not been on police radar, but did not resist arrest, later giving details on how the crime unfolded.

    Ms. Tibbetts ran away from him, and Rivera chased him.  She grabbed her phone and told him she was going to call the police. He caught up to her and got mad, later claiming he didn't remember what happened until driving towards a rural cornfield. He left her bloody body there, covering it with corn leaves.

    This is not the only attack on a jogger recently. In New York City, two would-be robbers assaulted a Manhattan man who was jogging in Central Park. Though they ran away without getting any money, the runner was left bloodied and collapsed. He required several stitches. He had worked out in the park two or three times a week. He doesn't now (at least for the time being).

    In Washington, D.C., 35 year-old Wendy Martinez was murdered while out for a jog. She was stabbed multiple times. The recently engaged woman found her way into a Chinese restaurant, begging for help after the attacker fled. She later died at a hospital.

    A jogging trail became a crime scene when a man assaulted a woman at the popular jogging trail along a Chicago lakefront. People who live in that area are now concerned for their own safety in this high traffic area.

    If you don't feel safe when jogging, there are precautions you can take. Obviously, you want to be aware of your surroundings, and a cell phone can be very important, too.

    You may have to fend off your attacker. Stun guns and pepper sprays are popular options that can be very effective. Personal alarms can also surprise an assailant and make him run off. Some alarms can be disguised as fashion accessories.

    Whatever your choice, there are options for you. Pick the option or options that you believe best suited for you, so that you can feel safer when jogging.


  • Woman Uses Pepper Spray to Fend Off an Attacker

    Pepper spray was used by a woman to fend off an attacker in Eugene, Oregon.

    Walking along a bike path late last Saturday night, she passed a male coming from the opposite direction, and he greeted her as they passed. Glancing back over her shoulder, she saw the man approaching her.

    On the alert, she had already pulled out her pepper spray. Her assailant pushed her onto the ground, giving her abrasions. She screamed, and the culprit put his hand over her mouth and threatened her.

    She then sprayed the man and kept screaming, causing him to run away.

    Pepper spray is one of the most effective ways for a woman to stop an attacker. It is a lachrymatory agent: it tears up the eyes. It contains the oil oleoresin capsicum. Capsaicin in the oil is the same agent that makes chili peppers so hot. Its concentration in pepper spray is much greater.

    The heat is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Bell peppers register a 0 on the scale; jalapeno peppers measure 2,500 to 5,000 on the scale. On the other hand, pepper sprays measure from 2,000,000 units for commercially available sprays to 5,300,000 units for police-issue spray. Oleoresin capsicum, or OC,  also is the basis for bear sprays.

    One brand, Pepper Shot, contains a 10% concentration of OC. Wildfire has a whopping 18% concentration, the highest you'll find in a commercial pepper spray.

    We have it available in many sizes and colors, as well as in a lipstick-like case and a pen.

    Using pepper spray has saved more than one woman.




  • Police Use Non-Lethal Self-Defense; Should You Use It, Too?

    In December, police in Hebron, Ohio, used a Taser on an uncooperative driver. Last week, Williamson, West Virginia, officers had to use pepper spray on a man who resisted arrest. and police in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, had to use a stun gun on another who resisted; police in Arnold, Missouri, also used a stun gun against a culprit. A Titusville, Florida, a man had to be subdued by a Taser after purposely ramming into a woman's vehicle. Tonawanda, New York, police also used a Taser on one who was fighting them.

    It seems as if we hear about similar incidents all the time. Police have a tough job and must be prepared to deal with very bad people. They carry guns, but they aren't using them as the first line of defense. Non-lethal defense is increasingly common; we prefer that lives are not lost if it is not necessary.

    It is easy to dismiss non-lethal self-defense if you have a firearm, but, if you do use it, you'd better be prepared to pay for a lawyer. More and more believe non-lethal weapons should be used as your first line of self-defense; most police agree. You can carry one many places you can't take a gun; this alone makes it handier. Also, many, though certainly not all, women are very reluctant to use a gun; they're much less reluctant to use non-lethal weapons.

    Stun guns and pepper spray aren't your only options. Super-bright flashlights, kubotan key chains, knives (especially concealed knives) and alarms are other choices one might make.

    We are here to help you.

  • Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel

    Recently, 47 year old truck driver Corey J. Ness fell asleep at the wheel of his 2016 Kenworth on I-80 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He crashed into a guide rail on westbound I-80 in Beaver Township. He was driving in the left lane when he fell asleep, exited the roadway and struck the guide rail.

    Fortunately, he was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. It could have been worse. If he had been using a Nap Alarm, the accident would probably not have happened.

    The Nap Alarm is an anti-drowsiness alarm that can save your life. It is worn over the ear, and, if your head nods forward, a loud alarm sounds to wake you (and alert any passengers!). Though it is especially valuable for drivers, it is also perfect for those who need to be fully alert while on duty, e.g. security guards and machine operators, even students pulling all-nighters.

    Do you or anyone you know have a need to remain alert? Please don't take chances with your safety.


  • Voltage Versus Amperage

    Early stun guns had no more than 300,000 volts. Today, they have millions of volts, as much as 20,000,000 volts (or more). Why the big difference?

    Marketing departments recognize that most people recognize volts, but many are not familiar with amps. Bigger and bigger numbers sound very powerful and impressive. So advertising focuses on higher and higher voltages.

    Nevertheless, it is amperage that does the job. Most stun guns today have 2-4 milliamps; all of ours have 4-5 milliamps. When you realize that a milliamp is .001 amps, it does not sound like much, but 1 amp can kill you. Stun guns are not meant to kill; they only stun.

    Voltage is what "pushes" the amps. Amps are the "juice" that puts the culprit down. Someone described it like this: High voltage with low amperage is like dropping a pebble from high in the air onto your head. It will hurt, but you will be fine. High amperage with low voltage is equivalent to dropping a boulder two inches above your head.

    3 milliamps will go through heavy clothing. The best stun guns have 4-5 milliamps and a minimum of 2,000,000 volts, and stun guns work best when held 3-5 seconds against your attacker.

    Thanks for reading. You now know more than most about stun guns!

  • Heritage Survival Kit for the Outdoorsman

    Are you an outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman!)? Some have already begun to enjoy the outdoors this year. Others are anxious to get outdoors.

    Outdoors people enjoy many different activities, e.g. fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating/rafting, caving and mountain climbing. You may like some and avoid others. Nevertheless, one thing in common with all these activities is preparedness. You prepare for the activity in which you're engaging. Do you prepare for the unforeseen?

    No matter how careful we may be, sometimes emergencies occur. A simple survival kit is good for most emergencies. The Heritage Survival Kit is designed to cover most of these outdoorsman contingencies. This handy kit comes in its own tin and contains the following:

    1. Bandages: There are 10 1" x 3" bandages, 2 knuckle bandages, 2 butterfly closures, 2 gauze pads.
    2. Firestarter with striker.
    3. Floating whistle with a lanyard. A whistle can be more valuable than some may realize.
    4. Compass.
    5. 4 Light Me Tinder. These specially treated fibers can be lit under damp conditions and last 2-3 minutes.
    6. 10 yards of 1/2" plastic tape.
    7. Multi-Function Card Tool. This handy device has many uses on a tool the size of a business card. It includes a can opener, knife edge, slotted flathead screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, 2 position wrench, direction ancillary indicator, saw blade, wing nut wrench, 4 position wrench and a key chain lanyard hole.

    These items cover the basics for a short outdoor excursion. The FeatherLite Survival Kit or the FeatheLite Survival Kit 2.0 are good for other situations.

    Outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen will find the Heritage Survival Kit very useful insurance when enjoying the outdoors.

    Be prepared and have fun!


  • Pool Alarms Save Lives

    More than 900 children between 1 and 14  die each year in drowning accidents. Spring is here and both children and adults have been anxiously waiting for the pool covers to come off.

    Parents will be concerned with their children's safety.

    Many will be treated in hospital emergency rooms from near-drowning accidents in swimming pools. Most of these occur at home; public pools have lifeguards.

    Children can get out of sight very quickly, and a child can lose consciousness in under 2 minutes. Of course, everyone is at risk to some extent. Someone, including non-swimmers, could lose balance or get bumped accidentally and fall into the pool. Even good swimmers can accidentally hit their heads on the side of the pool. Non-swimming pets may end up in the pool. Having a pool alarm present can alert you and save lives.

    "Uninvited" guests may also find their way into your swimming pool. Pools can be very tempting on a hot day. A pool alarm can alert you that someone is there.

    The Pool Alarm is a lightweight portable electronic monitoring system that sounds an alarm when someone falls into your pool. The pulsating alarm sounds at the unit and inside at the remote receiver.

    The remote receiver can be mounted up to 300 feet from the main unit, and there is an audible low battery indicator that sounds at both locations.

    Imagine of the horror of finding someone unconscious in your pool.

  • Pepper Spray for Bear Attacks

    Winter is finally breaking (I think). You will probably  be spending  more time outdoors as the weather gets better and better. There are always precautions to take when enjoying Mother Nature.

    One thing to watch for is bears. They have awakened from their long Winter naps. What happens when you encounter one in its natural habitat?

    Stay calm and assess the situation. If you are not too close, back away from its sight slowly; do not attract attention to yourself.

    If it sees you and moves toward you, remain calm. Bears often just want to scare you away. Move away from the bear. You may want to climb a tree, if you're able. You'll need to climb 30 feet or more, as bears can climb, too.

    If the bear still doesn't go away, remain cool. Talking to it in a calm voice may help. Don't act like a nut. Sometimes banging sticks together spooks them.

    If the bear remains menacing, get out your bear pepper spray and spray it. Guard Alaska Bear Spray sprays 15-20 feet away. It is the only one registered with the EPA as effective for all species of bear. It is also endorsed by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. Be prepared by reading the directions before you venture into the wild.

    To be prepared, it must be available when needed. There is a holster that can be used, so that you are able to defend yourself at a moment's notice.

    If you happen upon a cub, remember that the mama  bear is nearby. Don't approach it, no matter how cute it is.

    Some things to take into consideration are:

    1. Grizzly bears are much more likely to attack than black bears
    2. Two-thirds of people were hiking when attacked.
    3. 16 percent of people were actually working when attacked.
    4. Bears that are alone attack much more often than females with cubs.
    5. A third of bear attacks occur when the bear is startled.


    All-in-all, your chance of being attacked is small. Nevertheless, if you are in a situation that makes it more likely, it is wise to be prepared. You want to have fond memories of your outing.

    Mace also makes a pepper spray for bear attacks. Mace Bearspray has a range of 30 feet.

    It should not necessary to say it, but Do Not Feed the Bears!


  • Local Radio Station Doesn't Know the Difference Between Stun Guns and Tasers

    I often hear people refer to stun guns as Tasers; in point of fact, they are different. Tasers are made by Axon, formerly TASER International, and shoot electric darts on a wire. Stun guns emit an electric charge and work by coming in contact with a perpetrator.

    Tasers are most often used by police officers, as they are more expensive than the typical stun gun. The name TASER is an acronym for "Tom A. Swift's Electronic Rifle".

    This morning, while listening to a local radio station in Richmond, Virginia, a news report said that a local woman was in trouble for using a Taser on her son to wake him up. This would be a very rude awakening, but the news reporter went on to say that the woman actually used only the sound to wake to son. This means she was actually using a stun gun without putting it in contact with the boy.

    When I work various shows, I often, sometimes usually, hear people refer to stun guns as Tasers. When speaking with them, they often do know the difference. When I speak about them, I'm always careful to refer to them as stun guns, because if Taser heard me call stun guns Tasers, they could sue me for selling stun guns as Tasers. They are very protective of their product identity.

    My local radio station, which is in the news business, does not know the difference between Tasers and stun guns.

    But you do!



  • Pepper Spray Used for Self-Defense

    Carla was happy to be driving for a rideshare company. It was never the same two days in a row, and she enjoyed interacting with her riders.

    One evening she picked up a passenger and drove him to an area that had poor lighting. As she placed the car in Park, the man reached over the seat and grabbed her. She tried to reach the pepper spray on her key chain that she had to be used for self-defense, should the need arise. She could not reach it.

    As she was being pulled back, she remembered the pepper spray clipped to her visor. She was able to grab it and managed to activate it, spraying her attacker with it until he let go. She then unloaded the rest of the spray on the culprit and called 911.

    Fortunately, Carla had purchased a Pepper Shot Tri-Pack that had 3 different containers of Pepper Shot Pepper Spray. It included a 2 ounce pepper spray for home use, a 1/2 ounce pepper spray with a Quick Release key chain, and a 1/2 ounce auto visor clip to keep in one's vehicle.

    Pepper spray, which is increasingly popular for self-defense, comes in different containers, sizes and colors. It is also available to look like lipstick or a pen. Pepper Shot Pepper Spray comes in 10% OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) concentration.

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