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Self Defense Tips

Knowing how to defend yourself is an important skill. Whether you are walking from or to your car in a dark parking lot, using public transport, or trying to get help when your car breaks down on a country road, knowing how to protect and defend yourself in a dangerous situation can be critical to your physical and emotional health.  Preventing these situations from occurring, however, is much more important.

A Woman Figthing Back

Below are some tips to prevent violent situations from occurring:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.  If you sense trouble, change your route and be prepared to run or defend yourself.
  • Avoid wearing conspicuous jewelry or sexually suggestive clothing out alone.
  • Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.  Use public transportation or a taxi instead.
  • Look confident: appearing insecure or afraid makes you an easy target.
  • If you are waiting for a ride or to meet someone, remember there is safety in numbers. Wait in a well-lit, populated area such as a coffee shop or a bus station.  Remember that even a cashier inside a store could call 911 if you need help.

When using public transportation:

  • Don’t choose a seat that may prevent you from exiting quickly.  Instead choose an aisle seat.
  • On a bus, sit near the front to be closer to the driver.
  • On a train, opt for the car carrying the most passenger or directly behind the train driver.

When driving:

  • Use caution when getting in and out of the car, walking to or from your car, and in parking lots.
  • Keep your windows up and doors locked.
  • Never leave your car unlocked when you are not inside, even for a few minutes.
  • If someone is intimidating you on the road—i.e. driving alongside you or tailing you—never pull off in a dark and/or quiet area.  Instead, wait until you reach a well-lit or more populated area to pull off.

In a taxi:

  • Check the driver’s identification to make sure it matches the driver.
  • Sit in the back seat right-hand seat to prevent the driver from locking the rear passenger door behind him.
  • Avoid flagging taxis from the street; instead, call for a cab.  This a avoids standing in a potentially dangerous area looking for a taxi and also ensures that the cab driver can be traced from his previous location.

On foot:

  • Travel against traffic so you can see what’s coming.
  • If you’re being followed by a car, change your path to make it harder for the driver to keep following you.
  • Never use earphones when in an isolated area.  If you use earphones in a safe area, make sure they are not so loud so that you can’t hear your surroundings.
  • Always carry a cell phone and identification.

If you are attacked, it’s important to be able to think and react quickly.  Below are seven excellent defense tips adapted from the website:

  1. Let the attacker know you are aware of the situation.  In a loud, firm, and clear voice, tell the attacker to go away and that you don’t want any trouble.  In many cases, an attacker will judge this reaction and leave you alone.
  2. Get in a ready position.  Bring your fists in front of your chest.  Stand with your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly in front of the other.  This “ready” position allows your body to be steady and for you to react to the attacker’s moves quickly and effectively.
  3. Get your hair ready.  If your hair is long, tuck it into the back of your shirt.  Undo your ponytail, as many attackers will try to pull women’s hair.
  4. Look for weapons.  Many objects you carry can be used to defend yourself.  Your purse handles or straps can be used to strangle, and the purse itself—or a book or tote bag—can be used to hit an attacker. An umbrella can be used similarly.  Small, sharp objects such as a lipstick case, keys, or a pen, can be used to stab an attacker in the eyes.  If you travel to dangerous places often, consider carrying pepper spray and a loud whistle.
  5. Yell “fire.” I think this tip is particularly clever, as yelling fire instinctively gets the concerned attention of others.
  6. Ask other for help.  Shout for a particular person—identified by his or her outfit—to call 911.  Tell them you need help quickly.
  7. Wait for your moment to attack and run.  Act complacent for a quick minute after you’ve been attacked, because in order for an attacker to hit you, he needs to let go somewhere.  When this happens, use a free arm or leg to hit, kick, or scratch, preferably in the face or groin.

Remember that these last self-defense tips are for the worst-case scenarios and you can prevent violence by not allowing entering into vulnerable or dangerous situations.  If you are attacked and escape, always remember to call 911 and report the incident to the police.

Suit Up, Ladies!

On any job site, whether it’s large or small, safety is always a key issue, but safety gear only works if a worker wears it and if it fits correctly. Ill fitting safety gear can actually be more of a hazard than a help. Loose fitting garments can get caught in machinery causing an accident, and tight fitting garments can restrict movement.

Women's Overalls

Traditionally men held the types of jobs that require safety gear, so naturally most safety gear is sized for men. As women became more and more common on the labor scene, they simply wore smaller versions of men’s sizes. For years this has worked well enough, so no one stepped back to consider the obvious: since men and women are shaped differently from head to toe, why not create a line of overalls sized for women?

Women's Overalls from Dickies

Well, women’s overalls are finally available from several different manufacturers. Tailored to fit a woman’s figure, these overalls allow a woman to function comfortably throughout the day. But making a pair of overalls specifically for a woman goes beyond just tailoring the garment to fit a woman’s shape.

Other challenges include eliminating the traditional bulky appearance of a jumpsuit by concealing breast pockets, shoulder pleats for easy upper body movement, and a hidden drop seat for restroom convenience. Some styles come complete with built in kneepads and removable sleeves, and overalls are manufactured in a variety of materials to suit warm weather as well as cold weather c0nditions.

No longer will women have to settle for a man’s coveralls. Now women can step into their work day confident and comfortable, ready to show up, suit up and get the job done.

Things Every Woman Should Know

by Caryn Murray

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it, but the following are things that every woman should know how to do without needing to ask for help.

  1. Check the Oil

    You may already know that your oil needs to be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. (Whichever comes first.) But any woman who drives a car should know how to check the oil. If the oil is low, or dirty, this can cause damage to the vehicle. It’s much safer to check your oil at least once a week and make sure everything is as it should be.

    Woman and Her Car

  2. Let Go

    Women are emotional beings, and that is as much of a gift as it can be a curse. When somebody or something causes us pain, we find it much easier to hold onto that weight. It is important to learn any lessons needed out of the situation and move on. Letting go is a gift we can learn to do on our own to live a happier life.

  3. Build a Campfire

    There are many survival tricks that are fun to learn, and if you enjoy spending time outdoors then you may already know a thing or two about how to survive in the wild (just in case.) But every woman should know how to build a campfire on her own, just because.

  4. Change a Tire

    Another important thing for any driver to know is how to change a tire on your own. You may have a spare tire, and a cell phone, but it is much safer to be prepared for the absolute worst case scenario of a flat tire where you will need to do it yourself without phoning a friend.

    Woman Changing a Tire

  5. Kill a Spider

    Yeah, I’m having a hard time with this one myself.

  6. Use a Screwdriver and a Hammer

    Sure, you know how to use these tools… but many women will wait for a man to complete a household task that is as easy as using a hammer or a screwdriver. Rather than waiting for a long period of time, you can just do it yourself.

  7. Make a Staple Meal

    Most women already know how to cook several amazing dishes, but every woman should have a staple dish. When people think of their mother or grandmother, they often recall one particular menu item that this person made the best of. What is yours?

  8. Basic Self Defense

    Women should know basic self defense tips, because we are more likely to be victimized but that doesn’t mean we have to be a victim.

  9. Live Within Your Means, and Enjoy Life!

    Money is a stressful topic for nearly everyone, but when you learn to plan out a budget, live within that budget, and enjoy life on a daily basis then you are truly a happier, healthier, and stronger woman!

Cozying up with Slippers and Cocoa

20141022_182642-MOTION20141022_182750It’s that time of year again, when warm feet are imperative to your comfort. Put a nice, fuzzy pair of slippers right up there with hot cocoa after raking leaves in the early dusk, which is what Andy and I did last night. He wielded the leaf blower, I manned the rake and leaf bags, and he made me the cocoa (caramel!). Nice team effort! Construction Gear sells three kinds of slippers, and at our weekly meeting we decided that these were going to be the item of the week. Would Andy want to endorse a pair? Yes, he would! I got him the durable-soled, fleece-lined moccasin and not only does he endorse, but he danced in them a bit. And relaxed on his leather sofa while watching the game. These are priced reasonably under $25, and they will go outside to pick up the paper in the morning (Andy’s a fan of the comic section) without getting his precious princess toes wet or cold.

Actually, I think I am going to have another cup of cocoa this morning. ‘Tis the season!20141020_115403

Glutton for Punishment

20141004_120106I am still working in the New Room. I should soon start to call it the den because it’s far from new. I finished stripping the wallpaper and am now firmly convinced that menopausal women should have a mandatory stopping point on wallpaper peeling at somewhere less than 8 solid hours, or insanity sets in.

Next, I had to assess the order of painting, and the colors I wanted to use. I wanted the wainscoting to be a solid color, chair and base rails to be white, and the upper previously-papered portion painted with a decorative wash. I like solid color, but there are so many imperfections in these walls, and I have so many different colors to incorporate, that the mottling seems to be the way to go. I can always change it if I want.

Because the wainscoting requires that I really push the brush into the crevices, I did that first, on Friday right after work, in a purple-grey taupe (purchased at BigBox) to match the carpet. I used Construction Gear’s new premium 4” paint brush for greater control. The edge on this brush is so precise that I cut in the wainscoting without needing tape – the bristles went to the very edges and I gently pushed the paint right to the trim. I am impressed. For my white, I mixed the rest of the Bullseye Primer with all the leftover white paint I found in the basement. While allowing the wainscoting to sufficiently dry, I spackled and sanded the walls smooth best I could. I then painted the rails with this white, using the great brush again. I extended the white to the patched upper walls using Construction Gear’s Purdy paint rollers.


Saturday was too beautiful to be indoors, and Andy and I enjoyed one of the best days, ever. I started the morning with about 6 hours of painting, then we went for a 5k hike along Lucy’s steep cross country training course and truly appreciated her running. After we caught our breath, I treated Andy at a nearby coffeehouse. We sat outside under an umbrella and talked leisurely and even got refills! In the frenetic pace of our lives, this felt incredibly decadent. Then he was back to shuttling the girls while I painted, and we touched base again in the evening for the game on TV.

On Sunday I started the decorative painting over the white walls. I applied the taupe using a dry brush and damp rag to smooth it all, bringing out the texture of the wall. I allowed that to dry, then went back and did the same with a satin beige (a quart found in the basement). I like the organic look of it all being very well-blended, like a fine leather.

20141011_110517I finished almost all of this over the weekend, but on Sunday, while I was waiting for a visit from Mo, I got a call from the hospital, that she had been taken in for being dizzy (ok, she and I are both dizzy, but this was the bad kind of dizzy!). In a nutshell, she had missed one of her medications for about a month. I will need to start checking in on her more often, in her apartment. On  my way home from that, I had time to stop at Andy’s for about ten minutes, to rest in him and end the weekend on a relaxing note.

Andy suggested that I paint the window frames and sills white to update the room further. I will do that, as well as add the final coats to all paint, this weekend, and call it a light weekend. I need one of those!

Sabre Pepper Sprays To Fit Your Needs

Looking for a pepper spray that delivers a powerful and reliable blast and fits your individual needs? Look no further than Safety Girl’s incredible selection of Sabre pepper sprays. Known for its power and reliability, Sabre offers pepper sprays for runners, cyclists, for your home, and your purse or pocket. Safety Girl sells these powerful self-defense tools at incredibly low prices, so get to the website and order yours today!

The Sabre Jogger Self Defense Spray for Runners features 35 ballistic shots of Sabre’s powerful pepper formula. An adjustable hand strap makes it easy to carry during a walk or jog. Whether you jog in a big city, on country roads, or in your suburban neighborhood, jogging makes you a vulnerable target for attackers. We all know it’s difficult to carry anything on your run—including important identification or a cell phone—but having a method of protecting yourself from attackers is of utmost importance. Make this small investment in your jogging safety and order one today!

Female cyclists are also vulnerable to attackers. Although cyclists travel at faster speeds than joggers, female cyclists are vulnerable to attackers in cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other bikes. Like joggers, cyclists often find it cumbersome to carry anything on a ride, including personal identification. Never fear, however! Sabre has created the Sabre Cyclist Self Defense Spray, designed specifically for bikers. The pepper spray container easily attaches to the bicycle frame, but removes easily for immediate access and reliability. The 1.25-ounce canister of Sabre’s powerful pepper formula contains sixty ballistic shots.

If you’re looking for personal protection at home and on the go, Sabre has created a Combo Home Pepper Foam and Away Self Defense Spray Protection Kit. This powerful kit contains a large, 2.5-ounce unit of Sabre’s powerful pepper formula. With a glow-in-the-dark safety and wall mount clip, you’ll be able to store your at-home canister out of reach of children or animals. The 0.54-ounce away unit features a black key chain with a quick-release key ring for accessibility and ease of use.

Don’t Push Your Luck with a SafetyGirl!

By Denamarie Ercolani

Pepper SprayAt Safety Girl, we want women to be ready for any situation, whether it’s a ripped blouse or an uninviting man who just keeps pushing his luck. Recently, we introduced you to our latest product, Safety Girl’s Maximum Strength Pepper Spray. This small yet powerful canister projects a ballistic stream of maximum strength pepper spray into the eyes of any aggressor. If you miss him the first time, have no fear because the canister contains 25 potent shots.

So you’re probably sitting there reading this blog and thinking, “Okay, so you already encouraged me to buy the pepper spray, which I did, but how does it work? What does it really do to the attacker? How do I use it effectively? What happens if it gets into my eyes?”

Well, we have the answers for you.

The active ingredient in pepper spray, or mace, is Oleoresin of Capsicum (OC). This is an inflammatory agent that causes temporary blindness, due to intense pain, causing the automatic closing of the eyes. The effects last from 30 minutes to two hours. OC may cause permanent damage if sprayed from less than six feet. For attackers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may feel minimal effects which may require you to continuously spray them in the eye. Before putting your pepper spray to use, practice utilizing it to avoid getting a face full yourself- which can be very counterproductive. When using the spray, make sure to aim for the attacker’s eyes, duck away to dodge any back spray, then, of course, run.

Pepper SprayIf the pepper spray inadvertently lands into your eyes, remain calm. Refrain from rubbing or touching the area affected. Pepper spray antidotes include milk, baking soda paste, or honey. Soap or detergent can help wash it away. To reduce the burning sensation, ice, cold water or a fan are most effective. Avoid applying oils to the irritated skin as this can trap the capsicum and lead to worsening burns and blistering.

When it comes to self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, they are most effective if already in hand and ready to use. It doesn’t help you if you have to rummage through your chaos of a purse when caught in a emergency situation. When walking alone in a parking lot, waiting for a train or bus on a dimly lit street corner or station, walking to your apartment, dormitory, or house, have it in your hand for quick and effective use.

Did you know that a woman is raped every 46 seconds in America? That’s 78 rapes each hour! Also, 75 percent of every rape is committed by a man that the victim knows. 25 percent of rapes take place in a public area or a parking garage. So be prepared with Safety Girl’s Maximum Strength Pink Pepper Spray.

Blast Knuckles

Blast KnucklesIf the nice weather has given you the urge to get outside and go for a walk or jog, but the area you live in poses a potential threat to your safety, Safety Girl has the perfect solution for you. Safety Girl’s Blast Knuckles are your most powerful line of defense, protecting you from any potential attacker.  These Blast Knuckles, upon contact with an attacker, deliver a whopping 950,000 volts that will leave any living thing defenseless and will allow you ample time to flee the scene before your attacker recovers.

These Blast Knuckles are coated with rubber and fit securely around each finger.  The soft contour grip allows for full control.  There is also a red LED on/off indicator light for safety.  The Blast Knuckles come with a heavy-duty nylon case and a belt clip for easy storage.  Two CR2 batteries are also included.  You’ll save nearly 20% off the list price.

As with any self-defense weapons, these Blast Knuckles are not a substitute for personal safety precautions.  If you live or work in a dangerous area, try not to walk alone, especially at night or in unpopulated areas such as alleyways.  If you do need to walk alone, be aware of your surroundings: don’t wear earphones, talk on your cell phone, or send text messages.  If you use public transportation, try to wait in a nearby store or restaurant instead of waiting outside on the street.  Wear shoes that you can move quickly in if you needed to flee a scene: avoid stiletto heals or open-backed shoes or sandals.

Even if you take the above precautions, however, carrying a compact but powerful self-defense weapon can be your ticket to safely fleeing a situation, and you won’t get a better bang for your buck than these Blast Knuckles!

Stripping Wallpaper

The cost for this room so far is about $250 for the carpet remnant, $8 for the paper tiger, and $25 for the paint. I am going to use some white and beige paint I found in the basement, and I have an extra roller and some brushes. I will need carpet padding, which will cost about $107, and because I am so very much enjoying light in these rooms, I am not sure what to do for curtains, if anything. Those will add to the cost. So far, I expect the project to cost $400, which is over budget, but the laundry room didn’t cost anything. I’m doing ok so far.

This past week I used a screwdriver to remove about 30 hooks from the wall. I am not sure why I don’t want to look for the cordless screwdriver or drill with driver bits that I am certain my dad has in the basement. I tell myself it’s because I don’t want to strip the screws, but the truth is probably that I find this work therapeutic and connects me to my father. I found (true to his form) that the wall paper was used in lieu of corner bead and proper drywall seaming, so I will have to do a bit of spackle work before I paint, and use the trim he had covering some of it, that I really didn’t want to rehang.

I was so delighted with the first pull against the base coat of wallpaper. I really was going to paint over it but when I tugged, it came off like an old sticker, almost like contact paper. I will have to scrape some, but age did a great thing to some of this wall paper. I am including a photo of the three layers of wall – primed drywall and two passes of paper. Call this the before shot.

20140927_153150My friend Gale, who was supposed to come last month, surprised me Saturday morning – she brought lunch and some spare time. We used the paper tiger to score the vinyl paper, a squirt bottle to penetrate to soften the glue underneath, scraper to remove all the layers, and some elbow grease. As we worked, we caught each other up on our lives. We live two hours apart now and we both do all we can to maintain the friendship. The girl time was great! While we were peeling, my neighbor who happens to be an electrician, came to move my 220 service for my new stove, and Gale and I kept chatting. The gentleman and his son got an earful! He must have enjoyed the gossip because when he left, he refused my check. Said we were neighbors. This is the true legacy my dad left, and I decided that day I must continue it.

Andy was away again with Lucy, for a hockey tournament. She scored first, which is typical of this dynamo, and had a couple assists. I stopped by Sunday when they got back and they were arguing about the top ten modern marvels. Andy put air conditioning on the list and Lucy researched to present her opinions on why she did not agree. Wrapped in a verbal battle, she was learning to reason, debate, and defend. I swear that girl should be a lawyer. Grace was upstairs resting but later came down to play the piano. I’m a big fan.

I really didn’t use any of the blog items in simply unscrewing, peeling and assessing, so I wanted to just go over the First Aid Kit I will have at the ready for this project. Not that I hope to use it. It’s the perfect size and the case is durable plastic. It’s got bandages, towelettes, disposable gloves, and tape, as well as tweezers, burn cream, and a cold compress. Everything is single use so there is no risk of contamination. Now let’s put that away and see if I can go without using it!

Hunting Bear?

Bear SprayIf you camp for recreation or work for the U.S. or State Parks or Forests, there’s no better way to ward off bears than with Frontiersman Bear Spray. These Frontiersman Bear Sprays contain the maximum amount of Capsaicin and Related Capsaicinoids (CRC) allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure your safety against bears. At 2.0% CRC, Frontiersman sprays are 33% stronger than SafetyGirl’s Sabre personal defense sprays.

The Frontiersman Bear Spray and Attack Deterrent contains 7.9 onces of bear spray and is an excellent choice for an animal attack deterrent. The spray delivers a 30-foot range, has a glow-in-the-dark safety, and delivers a heavy fog sure to ward off even the fiercest bear.

If you’re looking for a little extra range, the Frontiersman also makes a 9.2-ounce bottle of Bear Spray and Attack Deterrent that delivers a 35-foot range.

The Frontiersman Bear Spray and Attacker Deterrent with Chest Holster includes the 7.9-ounce bottle of Bear Spray with an integrated chest holster. Having a chest holster allows for the quickest delivery of bear spray, saving you the trouble—and potential danger—of searching through your pack or tent for the glow-in-the-dark safety. The chest holster is highly recommended for anyone in danger of coming in contact with a bear. The Frontiersman 9.2-ounce Bear Spray and Attack Deterrent is also available with the chest holster.

Frontiersman also makes a Bear Spray and Attack Deterrent with Holster. The holster can be easily slipped through a belt for ultimate access to this life-saving attack deterrent. The spray and holster combination is an excellent and convenient way to protect yourself against aggressive bears.