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How can I spot signs of hypothermia?

With colder weather moving into Maryland comes higher risks for you if you work outside. Whether you work construction, on a farm or in another outdoor job, wintertime means cold and wet weather that puts your health at risk. It is essential that you learn the signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

The Mayo Clinic explains hypothermia is when your body temperature drops and the body cannot heat it back up fast enough. When your temperature goes below 95 degrees, it causes your body to react. Some first symptoms may include uncontrollable shivering or the loss of feeling in your fingers and toes. You may also notice your skin is red and cold. You may start breathing slower and your heart rate may slow down as well.

As the condition progresses, you may start to feel tired. You may get confused and be unable to focus. You may have trouble speaking and lose coordination. If severe, you may slip into a coma.

Hypothermia is a serious condition. It can happen very fast and without much notice. By the time you realize something is wrong, it could be a very dangerous situation.

You should pay attention when working outside to the conditions. Wind and wet weather increase the speed at which your body loses heat. Always wear proper clothing and cover exposed skin. Try to wear waterproof clothing if possible, too. Also, always work with someone else. You may not be able to tell you are hypothermic, but someone else may spot the signs. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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