Coffee Pots and Baseball Bats: Household Items Offer Protection

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Adaptation “building snowmobiles” or being able to “make sense, of novel situations” and decide and act in the face rapidly unfolding and uncertain conditions so prevalent in conflict and violence is the main theme of this blog. This piece written by Keith Mueller, was sent to me from Oraine Matthews, PR Coordinator, BlueFirePR, I thought brought out real life examples of turning regular household items into useful defensive tools if and when the worst case scenario presents itself and you or one of your loved ones find yourself alone against an intruder who means to do harm, with no other option than to defend yourself. Those who can improvise, adapt and overcome, win! What household items do you have on hand that just might help you help yourself?

Coffee Pots and Baseball Bats: Household Items Offer Protection

From neckties to shirts and chairs to refrigerator doors, the choreography of a Jackie Chan fight scene illustrates the defensive power that can be drawn from common personal attire and everyday household items. Each new Chan movie seems to come up with new and innovative methods for surviving expected and unexpected personal encounters with violent individuals.

Take it from the winner of the April 13, Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography: In a pinch, reliable self-defense can be a matter of reaching for the nearest reasonable representation of a weapon.

Home Invasion – A Daily Occurrence

According to a 2013 FBI press release, four California residents recently donned police uniforms, convinced the occupants of a local home that a fake search warrant was real, and then made off with assorted household possessions. Thankfully, the situation involved no serious injury, extreme violence or long-term repercussions to the house residents. However, the ease of the entry should trouble every homeowner.

The following home defense strategies will help protect you and your family — even in the event of a violent home invasion attack.

Home Security System

The high-priced FBI technology of yesterday has become a low-cost home security solution for modern homeowners. Research security products on sites such as to find the right level of security and price to match your needs. Take into consideration the size of your home, how many people are in your household and how often you are away.

Make a home security system your first line of defense.

Trouble at an Odd Hour

What do you do when it’s 1:00 p.m. and you find a stranger lurking in your kitchen? The home invasion started and you weren’t ready. You didn't even think about putting the alarm on in the middle of the afternoon. All of a sudden, an aggressive attacker is coming at you. Self-defense kicks in and you try to protect your face. Meantime, another villain is heading up stairs where your kids aren’t even aware of the danger.

Back up. Replay the invasion but see it this time from the eyes of a prepared homeowner. You know the layout of your home. You have also placed certain common household objects in strategic areas of each room. Visualize those rooms now:


Teapot – It’s filled with water. Cold or hot makes no difference. It’s heavy.

Wasp Spray – It stings, it blinds and it has a 20-foot effective range.

Pots and Pans – That 10” cast-iron giant is a handy and a potential weapon.

Salt and Pepper – Stock heavy ceramic missiles, not lightweight plastic shakers.

Keys – Stored near the door. Aim for groin, ribs or solar plexus. If absolutely necessary, aim for the assailant’s eyes or throat.


Electrical Cords – Instead of having the mindset of "attack and strangle," think "swing and injure." Restraining comes after weakening your opponent, not before.

Picture Frames – Broken glass makes a cutting tool.

Baseball Bat – Group this with a guitar, lamp pole or any other club-like weapon. Swing for the kneecaps and then the head.


Plunger – Use the handle end as your weapon, jabbing at the assailants face or chest like battling a fencing opponent.

Hairspray and Shampoo Bottles – Go for the eyes and nose.


Fire Extinguisher – Your home should have multiple fire extinguishers: kitchen, bathroom and garage. They serve both for fogging the attacker’s vision and as a blunt force object.

Tools – From hammers to shovels and from WD-40 to screwdrivers, your garage is a storehouse of battle equipment.

Weighing The Risks

Every self-defense tool you use has the potential of becoming the assailant’s weapon. Unless fully trained in the art of hand-to-hand combat, you are always at risk of being overpowered with your own baseball bat. Violent self defense should always be a last resort. Taking proper precautions to make your home as safe as possible should keep you and your family away from harm.

Keith Mueller

Keith is a freelance writer and blackjack dealer who lives in Las Vegas.