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How To Survive Hypothermia…Without A Fire

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Fall is just around the corner which means temperatures will begin dropping across much of the country…

Cooler temperatures means an increasing risk of hypothermia for any of you who spend extended periods of time outdoors.

Hypothermia is no joke. This medical emergency occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. It is commonly brought upon when someone is exposed to cold-weather conditions or cold water.

Symptoms include: shivering, slurred speech or mumbling. slow, shallow breathing, weak pulse, clumsiness or lack of coordination, drowsiness or very low energy, confusion or memory loss, and loss of consciousness.

If you are in the wilderness and have the means to build a fire for warmth, hypothermia usually isn’t a concern.

But what about situations when fire isn’t available?

Here’s how to survive hypothermia without a fire:

 

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