Cold weather invites hypothermia danger

   As winter approaches, fishermen and hunters need to be aware of the risks that are associated with the cold temperatures.
   According to the Center for Disease Control, when you are exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Eventually your body will use up its stored energy, and when that happens you are at risk for hypothermia. 
   In addition to the effects of hypothermia to the body, its most damaging effect can be to the brain. It will not allow the person to think clearly to realize what is happening and not allow them to be able to do anything about it.
Early symptoms of hypothermia are:
– shivering
– fatigue
– loss of coordination
– confusion and disorientation.
Immediately take action:
– move to a warm room or shelter
– remove any wet clothing
– warm the center (chest, neck, head) of the body first
– drink warm beverages
– wrap in warm blanket.

Cold Water Immersion
   Immersion hypothermia may occur if a person is falls into cold water.
   According to the CDC, immersion hypothermia develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia because water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air.
   Immersion hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70°F.
If you are going to be on the water:
– don’t go alone
– wear proper clothing (wool and synthetics and not cotton)
– use a personal flotation device
– have a means of signaling rescuers
– have a means of being retrieved from the water.

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