Select flashlights over candles. If you must use candles, do so carefully.
We recommend you always have a radio on hand to stay up-to-date on the situation.
Do not use fuel-burning space heaters, lights, generators or portable stoves designed for outdoor use inside your home. Because they are operated without a chimney, these devices can cause asphyxiation or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Before using them, ensure that they are in good operating condition and properly vented.
Light your emergency heat source as soon as possible to prevent the house from cooling off too much.
|This is just a sample of recommendations; you can learn more by asking a healthcare professional.|
Hypothermia is characterized by a sensation of cold followed by uncontrollable shivering.
If you have uncontrollable shivers, act quickly! Go to a warm place immediately. If that's not possible, seek help immediately. Do not remain alone!
If you stay in the cold after the shivers start, your judgement could be affected, leading to inappropriate decisions. You will go on to have feelings of euphoria, as though you were drunk, and you will become disoriented and confused, which will make things worse. In some cases, hypothermia can lead to coma and death.
Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it produces it. This can take place when the temperature in the house drops below 15.5°C (60°F).
Groups at greater risk of hypothermia include children, pregnant women, seniors, mobility-impaired people, people with acute illness (flu, etc.) or chronic illness (diabetes, heart condition, asthma, etc.) and people taking certain types of medication or drugs.
If someone has symptoms of hypothermia, get them to a hospital as quickly as possible. If that is not feasible, dress them in dry clothes, wrap them in blankets and do not expose them to sudden temperature changes, such as a hot bath.
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