India has seen one of the worst heat records in the past few days and they are expected to become adverse with global warming in tow. Temperature across the country is set to soar, thanks to the pre-monsoon heat waves that have set in somewhat earlier than usual.
In order to fight that, traffic police personnel in Hyderabad are being provided with cooling vests to cope with the prevailing intense heat.
Traffic policemen in Hyderabad given ‘cool jackets’, which remain effective for more than 3 hours after being soaked in cold water pic.twitter.com/Xsqba7af5K
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To begin with, 200 such cooling jackets were distributed to traffic cops at an event here today. After examining their efficacy, all police personnel on road traffic duty will be provided with the gear, an official said. “This jacket helps in keeping body temperature 5-6 degrees Celsius lower than the ambient temperature for 3-5 hours, depending on the humidity in the environment,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) A Ravinder told reporters.
“Keeping in mind the high temperature, we have procured 200 specially designed cooling vests for distribution among cops on traffic regulation.”
After examining their efficacy, more such vests will be procured and given to personnel performing duty on roads. This will help them in carrying out their jobs easily, he said.
A key feature of this product is that it keeps the wearer warm in winters, he said. The product has a wide range of health benefits such as maintaining normal body temperature in extreme heat conditions while neutralising the effects of outside core temperature, the police officer said.
“It also keeps in check heart rate elevation, thermal and cardiovascular strain, decreases dehydration, enhances tolerance levels and decreases the rate of exertion.”
Article originally published on India Times