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, providing police training content on a wide range of topics and trends affecting the law enforcement community. Doug is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column, and has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips. Doug hosts the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, and is the host for PoliceOne Video interviews. 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).

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