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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Household Items for Self Defense

Self defense is always an important concern with rising crime rates due to a struggling economy. While many homeowners own guns of some sort for personal protection, these may not always be readily available. Being able to adapt to adversity by utilizing common everyday items for your defense only requires a little quick thinking on your part.

Remember the basics. Most criminals are opportunists and failure to lock your doors or close and secure windows will give them the opportunity they are looking for and will leave you in a vulnerable position. Don’t create a situation where you are vulnerable from the start. Even without a firearm that is handy, you should never consider yourself defenseless.

When utilizing everyday items in a defensive manner, you should always seek those areas of the body that are the most vulnerable such as the eyes, throat area, groin etc. As an added bonus, most household items won’t carry the same legal consequences as a firearm or hunting knife but can often be sufficient to thwart an assailant or an attacker.

Here are just a few examples of household items that can be utilized for self defense.

1.) Pens and pencils.

2.) A roll of coins (a roll of quarters works great) in your fist for a little extra “punch”.

3.) Car keys are great for poking and scratching.

4.) A cane, broom handle or walking stick. They make excellent improvised clubs.

5.) Small heavy objects like a can of food, a skillet, a lamp, heavy vase, fire extinguisher etc. make excellent improvised weapons.

6.) A hot cup of liquid such as coffee, soup etc. That heavy coffee mug you lug around every morning even comes with a handle and can have as big an effect as a club.

7.) Baseball bat, golf clubs etc. These can have a devastating effect on an assailant.

8.) Umbrella. Most have a nice pointed tip.

9.) Aerosol sprays. Wasp and hornet spray shoots up to 20 feet and can easily blind an assailant.

10.) Kitchen utensils such as knives, forks, pots and pans etc.


Most weapons are designed to give you an advantage over an assailant or attacker and many household items can do just that. Being able to defend yourself is important and the advantage can be yours by being able to improvise when necessary to defend yourself, your family and your home. The next time you’re strolling through the house, take a good look around you and you might see just how many improvised weapons you have available for your self defense.

Got big coffee mug for self defense?
Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker