Be aware–hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
The NMSU Fire Department encourages everyone to bundle up. That’s the tip–keep bundled up in cool weather! Low body temperature may make you unable to think clearly or move well. Who is most at risk?
- Children left unattended
- Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
- Elderly people with inadequate food, clothing or heating
- Adults under the influence of alcohol
- Mentally ill individuals
- People who remain outdoors for long periods—ground workers, hikers, hunters, etc.
What are the warning signs for hypothermia?
- Adults: shivering/exhaustion, confusion/fumbling hands, memory loss/slurred speech and drowsiness
- Infants: bright red, cold skin and very low energy
What to do if you suspect someone is showing warning signs of hypothermia? Call 9-1-1 and get medical attention as soon as possible.
Remember to cover up this winter—several layers of loose-fitting clothing, hat, scarf or knit mask, mittens (they are warmer than gloves) and a wind/water resistant coat and shoes should do it!
Send those chills away and bundle up!