Hypothermia

Marta Miia Pärnpuu & Mari Järve

- very low body temperature

Prevention

  • STAY WARM IN COLD WEATHER
Make sure to wear a hat and mittens.
Avoid activities that cause you to sweat a lot.
Stay as dry as possible.
Wear layered clothing.

  • WHEN YOU FALL INTO THE WATER
Water doesn't have to be extremely cold to cause hypothermia.
Get out of the water as much as possible (grab onto a floating object.)
Don't attempt to swim unless you're close to safety.
Don't remove your clothing.
Cover your head if possible.

  • HELP AT-RISK PEOPLE
People most at risk of hypothermia are-
very young children,
older adults, and
people who are homeless.

Symptoms

  • The environment is cold. The person may be shivering, pale and cold to touch. They may also be disorientated.

Hypothermia often happens inside when there is cold weather and a lack of heating.

First Aid tips

  • Call 112 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it.


  • Warm the person, giving constant reassurance until help arrives.

Wrap a blanket around them and offer them a warm drink.