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Are you Safety Savvy?

Do you Have the “Safety Tools” you NEED to be “Safety Savvy”?

The most dangerous situations can be the ones we don’t prepare for. In our fast-paced world we take the time to plan and prepare our normal day efficiently from appointments, work, school, shopping, kids, carpool and the like. But, does your plan also include preparing for your safety and the safety of those close to you? Are you empowered with a “safety tool”?

We have alarms on our homes, cars and businesses, but do we have protection for ourselves? Do we have a “just in case” plan for that “what if” situation? After all, our lives are more important than any of the above items.

Many of us may feel that carrying our cell phones for those emergencies is sufficient protection. After all, we can dial 911, right? We must remember that predators are opportunists always looking for the next victim. They don’t care if young, old, man, woman or child. Predators will see your cell phone as “your” distraction. If threatened your cell phone won’t help you in that moment.

Being aware of your surroundings is your first line of defense along with your “gut instinct”. Secondly, carrying a “safety tool” such as a pepper spray or a stun gun is another important line of defense. Keeping ourselves safe is serious business. We hear about tragedies on the news and feel compassion, however thinking that it couldn’t happen to us. The unfortunate truth is that some of these tragedies might have been averted by having a safety tool ready to use.

Pepper spray can shoot an average of 16 to 22 feet in a stream. The spray will cause the predator’s vision to be impaired. The eyes and skin will burn, breathing will be limited, but not life threatening and coughing will also occur. An additional feature to consider is a pepper spray with a UV dye. In addition to the symptoms mentioned, the dye will stain the skin of the criminal. The skin will glow when put under a black light aiding the police in identification. “Spray and Get Away!” is the best way to describe this method of protection.

Stun guns are another form of protection. Energy passes through clothing and will disable the muscle group that is hit, making it possible for you to escape. Having a model that has a 'disable pin' is a good safety feature. Should the criminal take the stun gun from you and the pin is dislodged, it can't be used against you. This method of protecting yourself is called "Stun and Run"!

“Everyday” statistics regarding assaults are frightening:

  • One out of five women will be assaulted in their lifetime

  • College aged women are four times more likely to be assaulted

  • One out of three women are victims of domestic violence

  • Sixty percent of home break-ins happen in the daylight hours; vacant homes and apartments included.

Your safety is serious business! Be aware of your surroundings, listen to your gut instincts, be mindful of your “what if" and “just in case” plan and have a “safety tool” with you at all times.

Don’t be a statistic – be “Safety Savvy”, it can save your life!

Linda Benecke is a Damsel in Defense Representative. If you would like more information on Security On-The-Go products, contact Linda at 310-973-7660 or by email at You may also visit her Damsel in Defense website –

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