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?
• Slowed breathing
• Loss of coordination
• Impaired consciousness and confusion
• Prolonged exposure can lead to heart attack, coma and
How can you avoid hypothermia?
Dress in wool and synthetic layers that help trap heat. Wear a
hat. Avoid wearing cotton since it pulls sweat away from the
If you get wet, change into dry clothing. Bring extra clothing.
Avoid exposure to wind chill and extreme temperatures. Stay
inside your car if it breaks down.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly.
Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine contribute to greater
dehydration and increase the risk of heat loss and frostbite.