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Recognize and Prevent Hypothermia

Old Man Winter is still hanging around but don’t let him put a chill in your bones.

During the winter months, it is especially important to be aware of the signs of hypothermia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that it can happen even at temperatures above 40°F. This includes someone being chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Know the warning signs of hypothermia:

  • Body temperature below 95 degrees.
  • Bright red, cold skin (Infants).
  • Very low energy, exhaustion, drowsiness.
  • Uncontrollable shivering, fumbling hands.
  • Confusion, memory loss, disorientation.
  • Incoherence, slurred speech. 

If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately. Begin warming the person until help arrives with some of the recommendations from the CDC. Keep the information on quick tips available by clicking the link: CDC’s Hypothermia page.


When going out into colder weather use some of the guidelines below to prevent hypothermia:

  • 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 winter preparedness, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! Winter Storm section.

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