Teva Tip 20 - Effects of Hypothermia
Hypothermia is a fancy way of saying a person could freeze to death. It's interesting to note that at least half of the hypothermia cases
I've encountered have come in the summer months when unexpected cold fronts caught people unprepared. March is one of those months that can be very tricky – acting sometimes like winter and sometimes like
spring. DON'T GET FOOLED.
Hypothermia isn't one of those things you can experience without danger. However, it is possible to see how quickly cold can immobilize you without
doing any damage. To do this, take a pitcher and fill with water and ice cubes. Let it sit long enough until the water is as cold as it can get (which will be in the upper 30 degree F. range).
Place you hand in the water for 1 minute and then remove and try to strike a match. Kids, don't do this without your parents understanding what you're doing. Try it again, if you want, leaving your hand
in the water for 2 minutes. It won't take long before you see how quickly you lose the ability even to strike a match. Treat hypothermia with respect and take what you need to stay dry and warm.