Warning Signs of Hypothermia
While hypothermia generally occurs at very cold temperatures, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) experts remind us that it can happen even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
With the winter season upon us, it’s important to know the warning signs of hypothermia and what to do if you notice these signs.
Warning Signs of Hypothermia include:
• Body temperature below 95 degrees
• Uncontrollable shivering
• Confusion, fumbling hands
• Memory loss, disorientation
• Incoherent, slurred speech
• Bright red, cold skin
• Very low energy
If someone is suffering from hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately and begin warming the person until help arrives. You can learn several ways to warm a person on the CDC’s Hypothermia page.
If you must go outside, prevent hypothermia by taking the following steps:
• 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.
• Be sure to cover and protect your entire body. Wear a hat and a scarf, covering your mouth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.
It is always a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your car for safe travel during the cold weather months – or any time!