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Preventing Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when a warm-blooded animal, such as a person, becomes extremely cold, and loses control of his or her body's core temperature. This is much more likely to happen when a person wet than dry. Hypothermia can cause death. Oftentimes it is difficult to know when someone starts to go into hypothermia. It is even difficult to know when you yourself are experiencing the beginning signs.

Grade Level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Curriculum Topic Benchmarks: S11.2.4, S7.2.1, S7.2.2, S7.2.4, S7.3.1
Subject Keywords: Biology, Human body, Evaporation, Heat loss, Heat transfer, Cold Weather, Wool, Cotton, Wind chill, Hypothermia

Author(s): Lorraine Remer
PUMAS ID: 12_14_98_2
Date Received: 1998-12-14
Date Revised: 1999-01-26
Date Accepted: 1999-02-08

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