Keeping your extremities warm

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


02/09/2011

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.


Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. 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 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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