Hypothermia -- Identification and Survival

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People, pets (and other wildlife) can suffer from hypothermia in any situation where their body core temperature becomes too low -- whether they are indoors/outdoors or active/inactive.

Know the warning signs, plan ahead for worst case scenarios, and stay alert to changing conditions and behaviors in your companions and yourself.

Survival in Cold Water

To minimize body heat loss in cold water:

  • Put on a life jacket.

  • Devote your efforts to getting out of the water by boarding a boat, raft, or other floating device or by righting or climbing on top of a capsized boat.

  • Swim only to reach a nearby boat, person, or floating object.

  • If you can't get out of the water, huddle with other people or hold your knees to your chest, wrap your arms around your legs and clasp hand together.

  • Remain as still as possible.

  • Do not remove your clothing.

  • Tighten collars, cuffs, shoes, and hoods.

  • Cover your head, if possible.


More on hypothermia...
Hypothermia Treatment, article by George Miller


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