Friday, February 20, 2004
“Freezing To Death On A Sunny Day” is possible if you are a victim of hypothermia. It is also the title of a new brochure available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us, or free of charge from FWP offices.
The brochure provides detailed information on hypothermia, what it is, what causes it, signs and symptoms and how to avoid it. Among the tips shared in the booklet:
- Dress in layers.
- Set your thermostat to at least 70 degrees in cold weather. (Yes, the elderly are at risk for hypothermia -- even indoors.)
- Keep nutritious food and warm clothes and blankets on hand to ward off extreme chills.
- Never offer alcohol. It is a vasodilator that will increase peripheral heat loss.
Sponsored by Northwestern Energy and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, this brochure can be downloaded from the FWP web site on the Education page under Outdoor Skills, or by calling 406-444-2615.