While it's never pleasant to think about, the cold winter weather puts everyone at risk for exposure to the elements. As such, even if you don't engage in frequent outdoor activities, it can be beneficial for you to understand the signs of hypothermia should a friend, family member or stranger find themselves suffering from hypothermia.
And while this blog generally devotes time to energy-saving tips, these life-saving tips could come in handy even if you don't use them immediately.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypothermia can be recognized in adults who exhibit certain symptoms such as shivering, drowsiness, memory loss, confusion or fumbling hands. Similarly, infants may display symptoms such bright red skin and low energy.
The CDC encourages Americans who think they have spotted the signs of hypothermia in another individual to take the person's temperature. If it is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the agency, the person requires immediate medical attention. However, if this type of assistance isn't available, you may be able to turn to some energy-saving devices to help keep the individual from further harm.
After getting the individual to shelter, the CDC instructs Americans to "warm the center of the body first – chest, neck, head and groin – using an electric blanket, if available." If this type of item isn't available, individuals could rely on an electric heater to provide the necessary warmth. This functional heating device could be used in a pinch to bring the necessary warmth directly to the individual before medical assistance arrives.
As such, having an electric heater around for emergencies – such as when an individual suffers from symptoms of extreme cold or a house losses power – can be beneficial. For those who don't have this item at the ready, however, a number of online outlets offer this product at a relatively low cost.