Avoid Hypothermia This Winter
It does not have to be freezing for hypothermia to set in.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hypothermia can occur at temperatures above 40°F. Rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water can cause it.
Know the warning signs and what to do if you suspect you or someone you know may be suffering from hypothermia
• Body temperature below 95 degrees
• Uncontrollable shivering
• Confusion, fumbling hands
• Memory loss, disorientation
• Incoherence, slurred speech
• 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 Prepareathon Winter Storm section.