|Posted on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM|
Pepper spray can be a very effective tool in regards of stopping and individual or a group of people from doing harm to you or a loved one. As a Corrections Officer, I have been exposed to pepper spray multiple times throughout my career. Over time, it seemed to have less of an affect on myself through the secondary exposure. (Meaning that after a person was sprayed, the pepper spray that was in the air didn't affect me as much as it used to.)
In my business, my self-defense products could potentially save someone's life someday. And as the person I am, I want to know for a fact that my products work. So when the day came to test one of our pepper sprays, Wildfire 18% OC Pepper Spray, I thought to myself, "This will be over in about 15-20 mins and everything will be fine." I was wrong.
A little background of what the Wildfire 18% OC pepper spray contains. Wildfire is 18% Oleo Resin Capsicum pepper and is a derivative of 3 Million Scoville Heat Units (SHU). 3,000,000 SHU. As of right now, the current holder of the hottest pepper in the world is the Moruga Scorpion pepper and at its highest rating comes in at 2,009,231 SHU. So you can just image just by the numbers that this was going to be a bad idea.
So the day that we decided to do this what a reasonably warm day in Feburary for South Dakota with the temperature right around 35 degrees fahrenheit. This would actually be a plus afterwards as the cooler temperature and wind helped quite a lot with making my face feel better. I decided to go with a 4 ounce stream canister, which will shoot a stream of spray 15-18 feet away from the user.
There I stood, about 10 feet away from the man with the can and sounded off that I was ready. At the last moment I decided to close my eyes before the spray hit thinking that it would help be less exposed. That was definitely not the case. The instant the spray hit my face, it was on fire. I was completely blind within 3 seconds of getting hit and the pain was excruciating. To describe it would be like if someone were to put gasoline in my eyes, then light them on fire. I was on the ground in pain and the only reason I got up was to helplessly find my way over to the bucket of water. We only had one bucket of water and no hose. And at the time, I didn't realize after you dip your head in the bucket of water once, the entire bucket is now contaminated. So there I was, splashing the contaminated water back in my face over and over. After about ten minutes of doing that I my hands started to go numb for the cold wind. I just wanted the pain to stop, but that wouldn't come for another 3 hours...
My friends escorted me into the house and into the bathroom where I stayed underneath the shower for a good 30 minutes. We didn't have any milk and someone ended getting expired half and half and dumping that on my face and head. I think that's where it made me almost vomit. After that they took me out onto the deck outside and I sat there for the next hour and a half with a fan in my face in the cold air. That seemed to help the most of all the things we did to make it stop hurting.
After about hour 2 I could finally try to open my eyes without feeling like they were swollen shut. It almost felt as if my tear ducts weren't working but they told me I was crying a lot. I finally went home and took a shower. Only to find out I still had residue on my face and head and it burned down south if you know what I mean. It also burned for the next 3 showers. Then in the next week my eyelids peeled like I had a bad sunburn and my face was red for a day or two. By far one of the worst experiences I have ever done in my life and wouldn't do it again unless it was for a million bucks!
I highly recommend with 100% satisfaction that if you are in need of pepper spray for personal self defense, that Wildfire 18% OC should be in your arsenal. Most people who sell this brand have never been sprayed with it and experienced what it's like. I have and it works.
Looking forward to your visit!
Brian Skyberg, Owner