Cold Weather Safety-Know The Signs Of Hypothermia
This week we’re certainly experiencing our share of bone chilling temperatures. Bitter cold temperatures aren’t just annoying, they can also be deadly. How much do you know about hypothermia?
Hypothermia, also known as cold stress, happens when exposure causes body temperature to fall below 95F. Infants, older people and people suffering from chronic illnesses are especially vulnerable to hypothermia. These are some of the symptoms of hypothermia:
trouble with balance and coordination
skin that’s cold to the touch
swollen or puffy face
cold, stiff muscles
trembling on one side of the body, or in a leg or arm
Hypothermia needs to be treated at a hospital. If you suspect hypothermia, call 911. Cover the person’s head, wrap them blankets and handle them very gently. Don’t put them in a hot bath or shower, massage their body, give them alcohol, hot drinks or hot food.