Hypothermia is one of the serious health problems that can be caused by exposure during cold weather. Residents without heat, who and are in need of relief from the cold temperatures, to utilize one of the local warming centers.
If a person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees, immediately seek medical attention.
In mild cases the symptoms include:
- uncontrollable shivering
- pale and cold skin
Other more serious signs include:
- confusion or sleepiness
- lowed speech
- shallow breathing
- weak pulse
- stiffness in the arms or legs
- or poor control over body movements.
In the case of serious symptoms, contact the victim's doctor, or call 911.
In either case, until help arrives or the person is seen by a doctor, move the person to a warm room, warm the body with dry layers of blankets or clothing, and give warm beverages. (Do not attempt to give beverages to an unconscious person.)
Remember, Hypothermia should not be treated at home.