February 09, 2011
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
Tip: Keeping your extremities warm
This winter has been brutal for most areas of the country — and it ain’t over yet! Sometimes, for whatever reason, you may end up having to stand in arctic temperatures for a prolonged period of time, and it’s then that even the most insulated boots and gloves still can’t keep your extremities sufficiently warm. It’s then that the cold can begin going beyond being merely uncomfortable — it can begin impacting your physical effectiveness, and can begin diminishing your mental focus. Both effects create an obvious officer safety problem.
A low-cost way to help keep your hands and feet warm in even the coldest of temperatures is to add a thin layer of plastic or latex to the mix. Wrap a plastic grocery bag over each of your socks before putting your boots on. Slip on a pair of surgical gloves or plastic/latex food service gloves under your regular gloves. Both methods are extremely effective in maintaining body heat, and will not add any significant bulk to your hands or feet. You can conveniently keep both in your car and quickly put them on and take them off whenever necessary.