Hypothermia is a serious health hazard that occurs when body temperature is lowered too much. Everyone needs to be careful. Some medicines, problems with circulation, and certain illnesses may reduce your ability to resist hypothermia. In addition, older people tend not to shiver effectively, one of the ways the body warms itself up.
Please check on your neighbors if you’ve been out of power for a long period of time, especially if you have elderly neighbors, and remember these tips to help prevent hypothermia:
– Dress in layers and wear a warm hat.
– Eat hot foods and drink warm drinks several times during the day.
– If you live alone, ask a family member of neighbor to check on you daily or have a camera installed that a family member can view on their computer.
– Ask your doctor if any medicine you’re taking increases your risk of hypothermia. Drugs that may cause a problem include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine, and tricyclic antidepressants.
A temperature of 96°F or less, feeling sluggish, or having trouble thinking clearly are signs of hypothermia. If you are trying to help someone who may have hypothermia, first call an ambulance. Then lie close to the person and cover both of you with thick blankets. The hotter you get, the more warmth you can give the other person. Don’t rub the person or handle him or her roughly.