General Body Armor User Guide
Specificity Of Body Armor
Most people are usually faced with specific kinds of threats. For example you could be at risk of being shot but not being stabbed or spiked. Body armors are therefore designed to offer protection against specific threats. You should never wear armor that is not designed to protect you from the threats you are facing. For example, a stab vest won’t help you in case you are attacked with a firearm.
Thorough, Regular Inspection Of Body Armor
The safety levels of body armor should never be compromised. Remember that it is your life at stake. Before wearing the vest, check it manually to ensure that it doesn’t have cracks or any other deformity that could put your life at risk.
Storage Of Body Armor
The storage room conditions should not damage your body armor in any way. Ensure that the armor is stored in a dry room away from direct sunlight. You should also ensure that the armor is placed flat and can’t be physically damaged by objects in the storage room.
Cleaning The Body Armor
Body armor is very sensitive to water and strong detergents. These will destroy the Kevlar by breaking the bonds between different layers of the armor. When cleaning the vest, just use a sponge with weak detergent and water. Remember not to dry the armor in direct sunlight as that could also damage it.
Fitting And Wearing Body Armor
For maximum protection, you should ensure that the waist is not too tight or too loose. An excessively tight vest will make you sweat profusely while a loose one will not be totally protective. You should also ensure that the ballistic panels in your vest are facing the right direction. You could be in great danger if you intentionally or mistakenly fasten the panels in the wrong direction.