Preventing Hypothermia

Hypothermia is one of the serious health problems that can be caused by exposure during cold weather. We recommend residents without heat, or those in need of relief from the cold temperatures, 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:
  • Pale and cold skin
  • Uncontrollable shivering


Other more serious signs include:
  • Confusion or sleepiness
  • Poor control over body movements
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slowed speech
  • Stiffness in the arms or legs
  • Weak pulse

In the case of serious symptoms, contact the victim's doctor, or call 911.

Until Help Arrives

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.