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					             Hypothermia
   Hypothermia isn’t just feeling cold. Hypothermia happens
   when the body’s temperature drops below 35o Celsius (95o
               Fahrenheit) because the body loses
                     more heat than it can keep.
                    What causes hypothermia?
•      Exposure to cold, wet and wind chill
•      Not dressing warmly enough
•      Exertion in cold weather
•      Fatigue or dehydration
•      Pre-existing health conditions and medications such as
       diabetes, heart or circulation problems
               What are the signs of hypothermia?
•      Shivering
•      Drowsiness
•      Slowed breathing
•      Loss of coordination
•      Impaired consciousness and confusion
•      Prolonged exposure can lead to heart attack, coma and
       even death
                How can you avoid hypothermia?
Stay Warm
Dress in wool and synthetic layers that help trap heat. Wear a
hat. Avoid wearing cotton since it pulls sweat away from the
body.
Stay Dry
If you get wet, change into dry clothing. Bring extra clothing.
Stay Sheltered
Avoid exposure to wind chill and extreme temperatures. Stay
inside your car if it breaks down.
Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly.
Stay Healthy
Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine contribute to greater
dehydration and increase the risk of heat loss and frostbite.

				
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