This winter, for most, has been a winter of highs and lows; and we mean that quite literally. The temperature has been all over the place for a majority of the United States and it’s never too late to get yourself and your family prepared for the next wave of cold air.
The first step to being prepared is knowing the signs your body is sending you. Hypothermia can be deadly if you aren’t aware that it is happening to you or anyone around you. Since hypothermia has a gradual onset and affects both your thinking and reasoning skills, it may go unnoticed.
Initial signs and symptoms to look for with hypothermia are hunger and nausea. These start subsiding as the core temperature of your body drops.
The next symptoms include:
More often than not the affected person will feel drained and want to lay down, fall asleep, and pass away. Most people start stripping themselves of their clothes before this occurs. This is called “paradoxical undressing” and occurs because the affected person has lost all rationality and their nerves are so damaged they start to get irrationally hot.
Exposure to the cold for too long can also lead to frostbite. Frostbite is caused by the formation of little ice crystals within the cells of your body, mostly your fingertips, toes, nose, and ears. Once these frost crystals are formed, they rupture the cell and cause death of the cell. Most people associate frostbite with your fingers or toes turning black and this happens when the cells die.
Having preventative measures already set up beforehand is important when fighting off the chance of getting either hypothermia or frostbite.
There is always that one snowstorm that hits and everyone loses power for who knows how long. While power is being restored you need to have a plan to keep the heat you do have inside until you can regain power.
We might think we are prepared for cold weather, especially if you live in areas that routinely experience frigid temperatures during the winter months. There is no such thing as being too prepared for cold weather even if you are just in the comfort of your own home. Make sure you have your weather notifications on for any winter weather that is coming your way.
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