Hypothermia isn’t just a concern for those living in cold-weather states. It can also be a serious problem for Floridians, especially if you spend time on the water. And you might be surprised to know that a person can develop hypothermia in water that is well above freezing.
What Is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition where your body loses heat faster than it can produce it and your internal temperature falls below 95 degrees F. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the most common way that people in Florida develop hypothermia is by falling off a boat into water that is cooler than their body temperature and remaining there for an extended period of time.
How long can the average person survive after they’ve fallen overboard depends on a number of factors. For example, a person in 70 degrees F water could possibly survive for 18 hours if they have a personal floatation device (PFD) and they don’t expend energy trying to swim. Their survival time falls to 10 hours if they try to swim. In addition, a person who isn’t wearing a PFD may lose consciousness and drown.
Treatment for Hypothermia
If you suspect a person has hypothermia, you need to:
- Call 911
- Get the person to a warm room as soon as possible and cover them with blankets. If you cannot get the person inside, try to insulate them from the elements by shielding them with blankets
- Make sure to cover the person’s head, which is where the most heat is lost from a person’s body
- If the person’s clothes are wet, replace them with dry items
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