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.

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Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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