10 Safety Tips to Help You Use Your Self-Defense Stun Gun Properly
Despite the crime rate dropping by more than 51% according to the FBI, violent crime still undergoes brief peak rates. The most recent occurred between 2014 and 2016. The crimes included offenses such as rape, robbery, and murder.
In a Gallup poll from 2014, fewer than 4 in 10 adults in the United States feel safe walking alone at night. For women, this percentage is higher, with 45% saying they don't feel it's safe for them to walk alone at night unless they have a self-defense stun gun.
When you look at the statistics for the crime rate against women, it's easy to see why women don't feel safe. In the U.S. alone, more women are abused than not. Up to 70% of all women in the country have experienced physical or sexual violence.
Have you purchased a stun gun but aren’t sure how to use it? In this article, we’ll go over several safety tips to help you feel confident in using your stun gun.
10 Self-Defense Stun Gun Safety Tips
Stun guns come in a wide variety of models and styles.
They're better than pepper spray and more efficient and safe. In the middle of a struggle, pepper spray is as likely to affect you as the attacker. Not so with a stun gun.
Stun guns use high voltage and low-wattage to disable assailants. They're a small device that should fit with ease into the palm of your hand. Two or more prongs are at the end that conduct the electrical charge.
When you activate your stun gun, it creates an electrical arc that will flash between the prongs. Sometimes, the sight of the electrical arcs and the sound of crackling electricity is enough to intimidate and scare off an assailant.
When you press a stun gun against a person, the electrical charge causes the person to seize up. It depletes all blood sugar so that a person is unable to move. This effect can last up to 10 minutes, giving you valuable time to escape from a dangerous situation and get help.
Keep reading for our top 10 safety tips for how to use a stun gun.
1. Check the Legal Status
It's illegal to use a stun gun in several states and cities. Before buying a stun gun, make sure the device is legal where you live.
2. Familiarize Yourself
Before you use your stun gun, be sure to read the brochure it came with. You'll want to read all the directions in-depth.
Also, handle it while it's turned off so that you get accustomed to its shape and weight. Having confidence in your ability to use the stun gun will ensure you don't hesitate to use it when the time comes.
3. Know Where the Safety Switch Is
Every stun gun has a safety switch. The placement of the switch varies on each model and type.
If the safety switch is turned on, the stun gun won't work. This feature is in place to prevent you from accidentally firing it.
4. Know the Law
Be aware that a stun gun is considered a weapon. If you are found to be misusing the stun gun, you can and will be charged as a criminal.
5. Practice Your Aim
While a stun gun requires far less practice at aiming than a traditional gun does, you will still want to practice on a dummy or body pillow.
A stun gun works best when it hits the assailant somewhere in the torso area. In other words, below the neck and above the waist. By practicing with your stun gun, you start to form muscle memory which could give you critical seconds in response time.
If the assailant has you pinned and you cannot reach the torso, then use the stun gun on whatever part of the body you can hit. While you may not knock them out or incapacitate for the standard 10 minutes, it should stun them just long enough for you to free yourself.
6. Get Familiar With the On/Off Switch
Memorize where the on/off switch is located on your stun gun. The last thing you want during an emergency is to be fumbling to turn your stun gun on.
In an attack, every second matters and you'll want to be able to whip out and turn on your stun gun with ease. If it helps, think of it like the old west gunfighters and their quick-draw showdowns.
7. Get Accustomed to the Sight and Sound
A stun gun creates a bright flashing arc between the prongs. The electricity it produces crackles. You'll want to turn the stun gun on and off until you're used to hearing and seeing the electricity.
It won't do you any good if the sight or sound startles you when you turn on your stun gun and you drop it.
8. Learn How to Fire It
Stun guns are meant to disable your attacker. You will want to apply the prongs of the stun gun to your assailant for 3 to 5 seconds. This will disable them for up to 10 minutes.
Also, be assured that even if your assailant is holding you or has you pinned when you zap them with the stun gun, you won't feel any residual electrical charge.
9. Keep Your Batteries Fully Charged
Always keep fresh batteries in your stun gun. The last thing you want during an attack is to pull out a stun gun that's dead.
Check your stun gun every few months to make sure it will still turn on.
10. Know the Model of Your Stun Gun
Every stun gun is different in style and stopping power. Some have a stronger charge than others. You'll need to know how powerful your stun gun is so you will be empowered to use it properly.
If you follow these safety tips, then you'll be prepared to get the most out of your self-defense stun gun when an emergency happens.
Remember that a stun gun is considered a weapon and so you should treat it as such. Respect it as you would any other weapon.
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