Hypothermia is a condition where the body loses heat faster than it creates it. During hunting, it occurs when a hunter is not dressed properly or does not dry off quickly after getting wet. The symptoms of hypothermia are uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, slow rate of breathing, loss of coordination, and skin that is cold and pale. When this happens, immediate action must be taken. You can do any or all of the following to help the person get warm, but most of all, seek medical help as quickly as possible.
- Keep the person warm with a blanket or coat.
- Build a fire to keep the person warm.
- Give them warm liquids to drink.
- Remove their wet clothing.
- Seek medical help.
Be sure to carry a cell phone with you, and know the emergency numbers in the area where you will be hunting. Also, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take a class in first aid and CPR. Contact your local health department and join a class.
THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN!