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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.

Author(s):

Lorraine Remer

Date Accepted: 1999-02-08 Grade Group: Upper Elementary (3-5) Benchmarks: S11.2.4 S7.2.1 S7.2.2 S7.2.4 S7.3.1 Keywords: Biology human body evaporation heat loss heat transfer cold weather wool cotton wind chill hypothermia Microsoft Word: 12_14_98_2.docx PDF Document: 12_14_98_2.pdf