Xterra 1/2 and Full Marathon

Posted on February 27th, 2011

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We had chilly morning at the Xterra 1/2 and full marathon running race in Winder, Georgia this Saturday.  Thanks to Tim and everyone at for having us to their great event.  If you’ve never done a trail run before, you should check out one of their events.  Personal Savers pepper spray got some great response and a few people are now safer out there while running the trails.  Check out some photos below of the event.

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A Personal Saver can save your life

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

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Here are a few recent articles on muggings & robberies that could have been prevented if only they had a Personal Savers pepper spray product.

Walking your dog at night, around the college campus or just with your baby in the park.  These articles are perfect examples of why we came up with Personal Savers.  For something that cost so little, it could save your protect the ones you love.

Harrisburg resident robbed while walking dog:
Mother Mugged While Walking With Baby:
Student mugged while… walking on campus:

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H.E.A.T 5K

Posted on February 22nd, 2011

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We had a great time at the H.E.A.T 5K and the reception to Personal Savers safety products was awesome.  Were saving one life at a time.

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This Saturday at the H.E.A.T. 5K

Posted on February 16th, 2011

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Join Personal Savers this weekend, Saturdsay Feb. 19th at the H.E.A.T. 5k in Cumming. We will be setting up a table and donating $3 from every sale to the H.E.A.T. Organization.

Full event details can be found on at

H.E.A.T 5K Cuming, GA

Thanks Chattahoochee Challenge

Posted on February 16th, 2011

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 Well our first event is under our belt at the Chattahoochee Challenge.  The response to the product line was overwhelming.  We would like to thank everyone who stopped by and took the time to look at the safety product line.  Look for the Personal Savers table this Saturday at the H.E.A.T. 5k in Cumming, GA.

Personal Savers Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Roswell Georgia

Derek Downing - Owner & Danielle Downing- Marketing

Personal Savers Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Roswell Georgia

Chad Smith - Owner

Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Roswell Georgia

Chattahoochee Challenge

Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Roswell Georgia

Chattahoochee Challenge

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At the Chattahoochee Challenge

Posted on February 4th, 2011

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If you’re going to be running in the Chattahoochee Challenge in Roswell, Ga next Saturday, make sure to stop by the Personal Savers pepper spray booth and say hello.  We will have all our pepper spray products on display.

A little Pepper Spray history lesson

Posted on February 3rd, 2011

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Although the use of pepper spray can’t be dated back too long ago, but history reveals that red chili pepper was being used for self defense in ancient India and China. In ancient India, it was not as popular as it was in China. Chinese people and even warriors had their own innovative method of using this spice; and it included wrapping grounded cayenne in rice papers so that they could throw it at the faces of their enemies, opponents, or intruders. It was accepted as a weapon of choice for self defense because of its ability to incapacitate a person temporarily. A secret martial art society of people in ancient Japan called the Ninjas has been using grounded pepper for disabling their opponents for a long time. Historical evidence reveals that in the Tukagawa Empire era in Japan, the police used a weapon called the “metsubishi.” Metsubishi was, basically, a box consisting of chili pepper and the police used to use this box for blowing hot pepper into the eyes of people who were found guilty of some crime. There is even historical evidence of the use of chilies in Mexico that dates back to 7000 BC. According to the evidence collected, Mexican Indians were cultivating peppers in 5500 BC. Some of the types of pepper grown during that time include chiltecpin, jalape–o, ancho, paprika, serrano, cayenne pepper, as well as bell pepper in different colors. The fact about whether they used these different peppers for self defense or as weapons of defense during those times is unknown. Some of the more recent examples of the use of pepper as a weapon can be dated back to the 14th and 15th century when slavery was rampant.

Personal Savers Pepper SprayChili pepper was used not only as a weapon of self defense but also for treating wounds and during torture. As a matter of fact, pepper became a popular method for torturing people, criminals, and slaves. It was only in the 1980’s that pepper began being used as pepper spray and became a legalized non-lethal weapon. Law enforcement agencies also recognized pepper spray as a non-lethal weapon capable of incapacitating just about anyone. This was also the time when the postal workers started using pepper sprays against dogs and other pets.

Civilian Use Of Pepper Sprays Pepper spray is also known as oleoresin of capsicum (OC) spray and it was actually introduced not by the lawmakers but by the US Postal service in the 1980’s. The FBI was able to endorse it as an official chemical agent only in 1987 and it took another 4 years before it could be legally accepted by the law enforcement agency. But when it comes to civilian use, not all brands or types of pepper sprays can be used. There are some states in the US and some countries as well that forbid the use of pepper sprays by civilians. For example: it is illegal to use pepper spray, mace or tear gas in Canada. In the US, there are two types of pepper sprays that can be used by civilians and they are CS (orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile) and CN (chloroacetophenone). There is a third type called the CR but it has not yet been recommended for civilian use. The fourth option is the standard pepper spray that has been made from an extract of chili peppers used for making oleoresin capsicum. The process basically ensures that the main ingredients, which cause irritation in the eyes is gained from the chili. OC or oleoresin capsicum is insoluble in water and is normally dispersed using aerosol cans. The pepper spray was actually imported from Canada to the US and it was being used in Canada by civilians as a bear repellent spray and not against human intruders. The modern day civilian pepper sprays are safe as well as legal weapons for self defense. Considered to be extremely effective, it has become quite handy for women the world over and they can use it to repel the actions of single or multiple attackers. It has worked wonders for civilians because when sprayed on the face of the attacker/s, it can cause intense pain for as long as 45 minutes including swelling and burning in the eyes.

By James D. Anderson

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About Personal Savers

The idea for Personal Savers was born in 1995 by Derek Downing and Chad Smith, two national and world champion professional inline speed skaters. While training on the open roads in Georgia, they always came across unruly drivers and stray dogs nipping at their feet. Derek's father David Downing owned an in house pepper spray business that sold to police forces worldwide which helped spark the idea of the original Wrist Saver.

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