Preventing Hypothermia

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Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below normal. Be aware of these symptoms:

  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness
  • Disorientation
  • Unconsciousness

How to protect yourself from hypothermia:

  • Dress in layers, so you can adjust what you’re wearing to the temperature
  • In cold weather, wear silk, polypropylene, or lightweight wool next to your skin and wool layers over your undergarments
  • For outdoor activities, wear outer garments of wind and water resistant fabrics, such as nylon
  • Always wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf in cold weather

Hypothermia can happen even in warm weather if you are cold and wet too long:

  • Always take along a dry set of clothing when you’re working (or playing) outdoors
  • Always pack rain gear, no matter what the forecast
  • Wear waterproof boots in damp or snowy weather

Hypothermia can sneak up on you, so always use the buddy system when working outdoors in cold weather and check each other for signs of hypothermia. If you are out alone, make sure you let someone know where you’ll be and when you expect to return. If hypothermia does strike, get indoors as soon as possible. Change into warm, dry clothes and sip warm, non-alcoholic drinks. Be sure to seek medical attention.

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