Using a Fire Extinguisher as a Weapon
UK Survival Guides do not advocate using fire extinguishers as a weapon outside of a life threatening situation.
It doesn’t really matter where you are, there is more than likely a fire extinguisher nearby and many people wouldn’t even think about the fact that it can be used to protect them. The fact is, dry chemical fire extinguishers make great non-lethal weapons that can slow down, stop or incapacitate an attacker.
We believe that violence in our country is only going to get worse and as such, it is important to know your options in an emergency situation. Fire extinguishers are not just good for fires!
Hopefully you will never run into a dangerous situation that causes you to have to fight back. The best use for a fire extinguisher is its intended use in putting out fires in an emergency.
As a weapon they could be used:
- If they are unarmed, it could be used for bludgeoning a person and incapacitating them. This would require both hands.
- The spray launches a very thick powder that shuts down your attacker by blinding and asphyxiating him.
- If the attacker is stood away from you, you could spray the floor in front of him to create an oil slick effect, making the floor slippery. This can impede a threat’s advance and leave him open for you to strike him.
An everyday 5-pound dry powder fire extinguisher will shoot a high-speed stream of thick powder for 12-20 feet that will cover an area many times larger than pepper spray.
It really couldn’t get any easier. All you need to do is to aim the fire extinguisher’s nozzle at your attacker and spray them.
Check out the video below to see it in action.