It’s getting cold, so stay warm to ward off hypothermia!

Cold Weather

The Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging residents to take precautions and stay warm during the weekend’s cold spell.

Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause hypothermia, which can be deadly or result in permanent damage to digits, limbs or brain function. Those most vulnerable to hypothermia are older adults and children.

Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, slurred speech and drowsiness.

Your living quarters should be heated to at least 65 degrees, and suitable clothing and blankets are a must.

Tips to stay warm include:

  • Dress in multiple layers
  • Limit your time outdoors and remove wet clothing immediately
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia in babies, people drinking alcohol and others
  • Call for emergency help if you suspect someone has hypothermia; keep the victim warm until assistance arrives
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