How to Prevent Hypothermia
Hypothermia occurs when your body’s core temperature drops to 96 degrees or less. As your core temperature falls, you become increasingly prone to blurred senses and hallucinations. And that can be a dangerous combination if you’re in unfamiliar territory, such as a cross country ski trail system.
As a further drop in temperature occurs, you’re also likely to experience an irregular heartbeat…at that point, and without medical intervention, death can occur.
The “better” news is that hypothermia takes time to develop. Plus, your brain helps to fight off the effects of the extreme cold with involuntary muscle contractions that serve to create heat. That’s when it’s time to seek shelter to prevent any further physical problems.
Equally important to remember, cold temperatures alone do not cause hypothermia. Wind and wetness are also contributing factors. Knowing all that, what sort of preventive measures can you take before venturing outdoors for any length of time? Here are a few tips:
- Dress properly for the weather: wear a hat, coat, gloves, and a face mask for extreme cold (hats help prevent heat from escaping your body)
- Layer your clothing…outdoor clothing made of tightly woven, water-repellent material is best for your outer layer, while wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers are better than cotton at holding body heat
- Keep dry, partly by avoiding over-exertion and the resulting amount of sweat that can create
- Limit your time outdoors in very frigid temperatures
- Avoid alcohol
When hiking, camping, skiing or otherwise spending time outdoors in cold temperatures, always have a partner with you, and always carry a cell phone, walkie-talkie, or some other means that will enable you to call or signal for help.
Another thing you want during the winter is a steady and sufficient supply of hot water. That way you can warm up with a hot bath or shower after spending time outdoors. If your water heater is lagging in that department, Clog Master can help. We’ll diagnose why it’s not producing hot water like it once did…that way, we can make an informed recommendation on how to fix whatever the problem might be. Contact us today for prompt and reliable service.