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Parking Lot Safety

By Mary Kate 1 years ago 1567 Views No comments

Parking lot safety is an important topic. Here are some tips to remember when alone in a parking lot:

DO:

- Park close to the parking attendant, if there is one, or near a well-lit exit in an underground lot.
- Use the main building entrance -- avoid rear or secluded exits.
- Keep your valuables, including purses and recent purchases, out of sight. Always lock them in the trunk if you have to leave them in the car.
- Lock the doors and roll up windows once you are in the vehicle.
- Have a plan ahead of time. Know where you can go for safety and how to call for help.


DO NOT:

- Do not use more than one parking spot as it may anger another person.
- Do not park next to large vans, trucks or other vehicles, as they will block your sight.
- Do not have a personal identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, a thief will be able to find your car or house.
- Do not approach someone if they are loitering near your vehicle. Walk to a safe place such as a lighted store, house or building. Call the police.
It is equally important to remember how to behave when walking to and from the car after dark or in a high-risk neighborhood. Here are more tips:

Always try to walk with a friend, co-worker, or a security officer. Give your escort a ride back to the main entrance so they do not have to walk back alone.


If you have to walk alone:

- Have a co-worker watch you from a window.
- Wave to them on the way to your vehicle.
- Wave even if no one is watching to give the illusion that someone is watching you.
- Stay on well-lit streets, and in the centre of the sidewalk. Stay away from hiding spots such as bushes, doorways, alleys and parked cars. Cross the road if necessary.
- Always be alert to your surroundings. Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and look around. Look directly at people but do not stare at them. Trust your instincts when you feel something is not right.


DO NOT

- Do not dig in your purse or bag.
- Do not wear headphones or be distracted by a cell phone conversation.
- Do not carry heavy briefcases or bags that may get in the way.

What should you do as you approach your car?
Be prepared when you leave your business, or when you leave the car for work.


Have ready:

- Your keys to unlock the vehicle.
- Your keys or cardkey to unlock building doors.
- A whistle or other personal alarm.

Have the keys ready to unlock the door as you get near the vehicle or door. As you approach your car, look around, inside, and even glance underneath for people who may be present. If you are suspicious, walk away. Go to a safe place and call for help.

Report suspicious behavior to the parking lot attendant, security or the police.


- Mary Kate

Mary Kate is the social media analyst for Mace Security International

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Be Prepared for Spring.. & Bears!

By Mary Kate 1 years ago 1717 Views No comments

With spring coming, it’s important to be aware of bears. Bears emerge from hibernation in the spring and treat this time as hunting season. Due to regulated hunting and more habitat, there has been a pretty dramatic increase in the bear population of North America. If you’re out fishing, hunting, or camping, here are a few tips to prevent you from having an unpleasant bear encounter:

  • Bears have a strong sense of personal space. If you do encounter a bear, remain calm, leave as much room as possible, and have your Mace bear pepper spray ready. Also try from a safe distance to determine if the bear has cubs, as they will defend much more aggressively in that case.
  • Staying calm is one of the most important things to do if you encounter a bear. Remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by woofing, yawning, salivating, growling, snapping their jaws, and laying their ears back. Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.
  • Know your bears! North America is home to the black bear, the brown bear, and the polar bear. Scientists say that brown bears are known to be the most dangerous of the three. In the United States, however, we are most likely to encounter the safer black bear.
  • Walk don’t run! When you encounter a bear, identify yourself in a calm voice and walk in the direction from which you came. Bears will react to intensity and therefore it’s imperative that you act in a calm and calculated manner.
  • Mother bears and bears defending food are the most dangerous as they’re either protecting cubs or a food source. If you encounter a bear on a carcass, get as far away from the bear’s area as possible. The same advice applies if you notice cubs around the bear.
  • Bears have a stronger sense of smell than dogs and love food. Try to minimize the scent of food and attractants. Do not let a bear have access to your food, as this will only encourage the bear to return.
  • Travel in groups! Exploring the wilderness alone is not advised and it’s encouraged that you travel with a group of 3 or more. Bears are much more inclined to attack one person than they are a group.
  • If you encounter an aggressive bear, always play dead. Lay face down on the ground with your hands wrapped around your neck protecting your vitals. According to Yellowstone National Park, people who played dead survived with only minor injuries 75% of the time as compared with people who fought back and emerged with severe injuries 80% of the time.
  • According to the National Parks Service, you are best to move away slowly and sideways from a bear that is stationary. This allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears.
  • The most important thing is to carry your bear pepper spray. Attacks on humans are in fact rare, but in such an event your best defense is bear spray.

- Mary Kate

Mary Kate is the social media analyst for Mace Security Internationa

How to Avoid Pepper Spray Misfires

By Doug 1 years ago 2186 Views No comments

Imagine that you're walking in the park when you suddenly see someone nearby acting suspiciously. The person’s appearance and movements tell you this might be someone with bad intentions.

Fortunately, you're prepared — you're carrying pepper spray. But do you know exactly where it is in your purse, backpack or briefcase? Because if you can't easily and quickly access your spray, it will be more difficult to aim it once you have it in hand.

This is one of the most common causes of misfiring pepper spray. You know how to grip the dispenser, which way to point it, how to release the safety cap and how to depress the button. But in a tense moment, you nervously fumble to find your spray, which reduces the time you have to fire. It also increases the chance of misfiring the pepper spray at your attacker, or even accidentally spraying yourself.

In any situation where you’ve decided to reach for your spray, you’re probably going to be nervous — perhaps even panicky. Here’s how to be prepared and best avoid a pepper spray misfire.

  • Keep your spray handy. Know precisely where your pepper spray is and how to quickly get your hands on it. Practice the entire procedure, from grabbing the canister to checking it in your hand to spraying it.
  • Buy practice spray. Where pepper spray products are sold, you can often find water-filled defense products to help you practice your pepper spray self-defense skills. It’s a great way to get comfortable with the sequence of motions that you’ll go through to spray an attacker.
  • Take a class. Sign up for a training class. Pepper spray training courses are available in many U.S. cities and are typically led by members of law enforcement. A class will help you become familiar and comfortable with the use of pepper sprays and could provide strategies to keep you calmer if your safety is ever compromised.

If you need to use your spray, remember to aim for the face and try to spray your attacker from ear to ear. Then get out of there. With practice, you’ll be prepared to act and minimize your risk of a misfire under pressure.

- Doug

Doug Melzig is sales director of law enforcement and international accounts for Mace Security International.

How to choose the best self-defense tool for any situation

By Doug 1 years ago 1792 Views No comments

If you’re concerned about self-defense, you owe it to yourself to explore the differences among the most common tools — pepper sprays, stun guns and personal alarms — as each method offers advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the type of dangerous situation you’re most likely to find yourself in, it is important to understand the pros and cons of each tool. We’ll help you sort them out.



PERSONAL ALARM

What it is: A personal safety alarm is a small device that emits a loud shriek.

Pros: The devices are easy to use, and you don’t have to worry about aiming them. A simple pull of a pin or push of a button will activate the device.

Cons: If you are in a remote area, loud noise probably won’t deter a potential attacker. You also may have to rely on someone who hears the alarm to call for help, and the noise doesn’t disable the attacker.


STUN GUN

What it is: A stun gun is a weapon that delivers a strong shock through its prongs.

Pros: A stun gun can be used anywhere on an attacker’s body. The shock will incapacitate the attacker and give you time to flee. Stun guns come in a number of sizes, are often lightweight, are easy to use and can be clipped on a belt. The devices can be used several times before needing to be recharged.

Cons: Stun guns are only effective if they make direct contact with an attacker. That means you need to get very close to your assailant, which could give him or her plenty of time and opportunity to do you harm.


PEPPER SPRAY

What it is: Pepper spray is a device that emits a chemical that, when sprayed on an attacker, will irritate the eyes, causing tears, pain and temporary blindness.

Pros: Pepper spray can thwart an attack from up to 15 feet away. It’s easy to carry, can be clipped on clothing or a bag and comes in a number of shapes and sizes. Pepper spray is very easy to use — just point and shoot.

Cons: Wind could prevent the chemical from hitting an attacker and cause the chemical to blow back into your face.


No matter which type of self-defense method you choose, it is important to practice using it so you are comfortable operating it in a stressful situation. In addition, before purchasing any item for self-defense, check with your local police department to find out if your community has any restrictions.

- Doug

Doug Melzig is sales director, law enforcement and international accounts, Mace Security International Inc.

Is your home a prime target for burglars?

By Neil 1 years ago 2465 Views 2 comments

Each year, one of every 36 homes in the U.S. is burglarized, according to the FBI, and if you don’t have a home security system installed, your chances of being robbed increase by 300 percent.

Many people shy away from installing a home security system because of concerns about cost, but consider this: The average loss in a home break-in is $2,230, while the cost of a surveillance system averages just $1,100.

So consider installing a system that serves as a deterrent to would-be thieves who will look for obvious signs that a home is protected, such as easily spotted cameras or security warning signs in the front yard. Thieves are aware that protected homes increase the odds that they’ll be caught and will seek easier targets as a result.

When choosing a system, here are some features to consider.

Motion-activated lights and night-vision cameras. Motion-activated lights make the thief believe someone is home and awake, and night-vision cameras help secure dark areas of your property.

A high-decibel siren. A siren with 120 decibels causes pain to the thief and will bring neighbors to their windows.

Security signs and stickers. One of the biggest advantages of a home security system is the deterrence factor. You don’t want to hide the fact your property is protected, so make sure your system comes with signs or stickers you can prominently display to deter thieves.

Installing a home security system can bring you peace of mind, helping to ensure that your home is not one of the 2.5 million that will be burglarized this year.

- Neil

Neil Riveron is the Global Product Manager for Mace Security International.


Eight ways a mobile app can keep your child safe

By Brendan 1 years ago 2860 Views No comments

Have you ever been at work and wondered what your kids are doing? Does the quiet night out still make you nervous because you aren’t sure the babysitter can handle your children while you are away?

Because of the popularity of smartphones, it is no surprise that mobile apps have become a popular way for parents to keep a closer eye on their kids. Using a home computer or mobile phone, you can now access a wealth of information about your child in just a few clicks — including online behaviors, daily activities and even his or her location. Here are some ways a mobile app can help you keep your child safe even when you are on the go.

Child safety apps

A quick search for “child safety apps” will lead you to hundreds of apps specifically designed for parents. Download one of these options to do things like:

1.Track your child’s location (or driving speed) and be notified if your child goes outside of a known area

2.Store health data such as allergies and medical conditions in case of emergency

3.Keep tabs on social media activity, block certain apps and limit hours of use

Monitoring your child at home

You can also monitor your child within your home using a camera-enabled security system. Many home security systems are now equipped with technology to send real-time video directly to a corresponding cell phone app, allowing you to:

1.Watch a child who’s home sick from school

2.Check on babysitters

3.Make sure your kids got home safely after school

4.Keep an eye on teens to ensure they’re not sneaking out at night

5.Monitor the friends your child brings in to your home

In addition, some security systems include interactive features such as two-way audio, video chat and motion sensors so that you can hear or speak to your children from a remote location or be alerted when someone uses your security system or attempts to enter your property. If for any reason the security system is deactivated, an app can alert you to that, as well.

Whether you want to stay connected or add an extra layer of protection, mobile apps are a convenient and affordable way to keep watch over your child, even when you aren’t physically present. Because there new apps being created every day, you also have plenty of options to help you keep your family safe.

By Brendan Quine
Brendan Quine is technical support representative at
Mace Security International Inc.



Cyber Monday Deals are Here!

By Jess 1 years ago 1709 Views No comments

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Pepper Spray 101

By Doug 1 years ago 9175 Views No comments

Pepper Spray 101

Pepper Spray vs. Pepper Gel

Pepper spray is a popular choice for personal defense that has been around for decades. But it’s not your only compact, self-defense option. Pepper gel is a newer formula that contains the same active ingredient — a naturally occurring substance in cayenne peppers called oleoresin capsicum (OC) – but instead of being contained in a liquid, the pepper is suspended in a sticky gel.

Understanding the differences between pepper spray and pepper gel can help you choose the personal defense option that’s right for your needs. Here are some key differences to consider.

Spray patterns
When you fire pepper spray, the diameter of the spray pattern tends to spread out as it sprays toward your target. Because pepper gel is a thicker formula, the gel sticks together instead of spreading out, firing in a targeted ballistic stream pattern.

Effective range
Pepper gel has a sticky viscosity that allows it to travel further than pepper spray droplets. Most pepper gels have an effective range of up to 18 feet, compared to 12 feet for a standard pepper spray.

Cross-contamination
The potential for cross-contamination is one of the biggest differences between pepper spray and pepper gel. If you fire pepper spray outdoors, windy conditions could blow droplets back at you. Cross-contamination is also a risk if you deploy pepper spray indoors with bystanders nearby.

Pepper gel has a slight advantage over spray for reducing the potential for cross contamination and blowback, as its sticky formula holds active ingredients within a concentrated stream focused toward your attacker.

Effects on an attacker
In the end, OC is OC, and whether it hits an assailant as spray or gel, it’s going to cause an intense burning sensation to target’s eyes, nose, throat and skin. These effects usually last about 45 minutes – giving you time to escape from a dangerous situation. However, while both are debilitating, pepper gel sticks to the assailant’s face, forming a temporary blindfold, and rubbing it increases its potency.

The strength of the formula can also determine the effects of the product. Most spray and gel formulas range from about 2 percent to 10 percent OC, although pepper gels tend to be higher strength.

Now that you understand the differences, arm your self with pepper spray or pepper gel, whichever best suits your needs, so you are prepared wherever you go.

By Doug Melzig
Doug Melzig is Mace’s Director of Sales for Law Enforcement and International Accounts.


Driving at Night

By Bill 1 years ago 5436 Views No comments

Stay safe on the road when Daylight Savings Time ends

Your commute home from work was sunny all summer, but when Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1, we lose a critical hour of daylight and you’ll be driving in darker conditions.
As we turn back the clocks, here are five tips to help you stay safe on the road after dark.

Tune up your ride.
Catch up on general vehicle maintenance before winter weather hits. Check your brakes, tires, headlights and wipers to make sure your vehicle is running properly and address any mechanical issues to reduce the risk of roadside incidents after dark.

Prepare for breakdowns.
If your vehicle does break down, you’ll need to draw the attention of oncoming traffic so other motorists can steer clear of your stopped vehicle. Keep reflective markers, road flares and a reflective safety vest in your trunk as part of a roadside safety kit. Also include flashlights, first aid supplies, gloves, jumper cables, blankets and tools, along with the equipment to change a tire.

Monitor road conditions.
The end of Daylight Saving Time doesn’t just mean nightfall comes faster; it also means worsening weather conditions. Fall brings precipitation mixed with leaves littering the roads, which can impact driving conditions and impair visibility. Consider replacing your wiper blades to maintain good visibility, and be on the lookout for puddles or leaves piled on the side of the road.

Get to your car safely.
Park in well-lit areas when possible, and scan the parking lot before leaving your building. Also carry Mace® Brand Pepper Spray for protection in case someone is lurking in the shadows to take advantage of the early darkness.

Pay attention.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Be alert for cyclists, runners and pedestrians who are less visible after dark. And if you’re the one walking or biking at night, make yourself more visible to motorists with reflective clothing or Mace® Brand Nite Beams Armbands.

By Bill Treacy
Bill Treacy is Mace’s director of sales for sporting goods and consumer accounts.

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

By Bill 1 years ago 2992 Views No comments

As kids anticipate the candy they’ll collect on Halloween, parents want to ensure that trick-or-treating is more fun than frightful. By preparing with these basic Halloween safety tips, parents can help ensure safety, whether you are accompanying young trick-or-treaters or handing out candy at home.

As kids anticipate the candy they’ll collect on Halloween, parents want to ensure that trick-or-treating is more fun than frightful. By preparing with these basic Halloween safety tips, parents can help ensure safety, whether you are accompanying young trick-or-treaters or handing out candy at home.

1. Plan your route.
Without a plan, eager trick-or-treaters may venture several streets away and tire themselves out before they make it home. Map out a route to keep kids on familiar paths.

If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without supervision, know their proposed route. Find out whom they’re going with and how to reach their parents. Even if they have cellphones, older kids should establish a time and place to meet if they get separated.

2. Dress accordingly.
Creative Halloween costumes shouldn’t pose safety risks. Make sure kids wear comfortable shoes and well-fitting clothing that won’t trip them up. Avoid masks, which can obscure their vision, and opt for nontoxic face paint instead. Also, plan for cool weather; have kids wear close-fitting layers under their outfit to stay warm without covering up the costume.

3. Stay visible.
Trick-or-treating often takes place in the dark, so make sure children are well lit and visible to oncoming traffic. Parents should be armed with flashlights, and kids who have their hands full toting candy should deck their costumes with reflective tape or wearable lights. Consider building costumes out of accessories that light up, such as shoelaces, ball caps or safety vests.

If family pets join the trick-or-treating fun, they should be leashed and well lit, too, with light-up leashes and collars to keep them visible.

4. Protect your home.
While your kids are out asking for treats, others might try to play tricks. Someone should stay home on Halloween night, both to hand out candy and to watch for vandalism. You don’t need to buy motion-sensor lights or security systems solely for Halloween. Just be home, be aware, and keep your home well lit — both inside and out — so people know you’re there.

5. Watch what you eat.
After trick-or-treating, inspect your kids’ candy before they dig in. Watch for signs of tampering, and toss anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

While Halloween may be the night specifically associated with scares, these safety tips and tools should be part of your family’s precautions when going out any night — especially as daylight fades earlier this time of year.

By Bill Treacy
Bill Treacy is Mace’s director of sales for sporting goods and consumer accounts.



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