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Hypothermia

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:55 AM by MPFPD Community Crisis Management
From the CDC comes this timely reminder about the hazards associated with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. If you are traveling to the mountains for skiing, or to colder climes for the holidays, be sure to pack warm clothing, dress in layers, and stay alert for signs of hypothermia.

Warning Signs of Hypothermia


While hypothermia generally occurs at very cold temperatures, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that it can happen even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

As winter approaches, it’s important to know the warning signs of hypothermia and what to do if you notice those signs.

Warnings Signs of Hypothermia

Adults:
  • Body temperature below 95 degrees
  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss, disorientation
  • Incoherence, slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
Infants:
  • Bright red, cold skin
  • Very low energy
If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately and begin warming the person until help arrives. Find several ways to warm a person on the CDC’s Hypothermia page.

If you must go outside, prevent hypothermia by:
  • Wearing several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Cover all of your body. Wear a hat and a scarf, covering your mouth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.
For more information on how to prepare for the winter, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! Winter Storm section.
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