Cold-related emergencies

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

A decline in core body temperature is a serious safety concern. Cold-related emergencies, such as hypothermia, can happen to anyone who is exposed to cold temperatures (or rain, wind, water or snow) for too long, and can be life threatening.

  • Bring extra clothing. Replace wet clothes with dry ones before you get chilled.
  • Dress in layers; adjust as you go to prevent overcooling or overheating.
  • Wear clothing that retains its insulating properties when wet (e.g. polypropylene, fleece, wool, gore-tex). Do not wear cotton, e.g. jeans.
  • Be alert to the first signs of hypothermia: shivering, difficulty using your hands, disorientation, and a drop in body temperature.
  • Drink plenty of water and snack throughout the day.

Learn more

Learn more about the prevention and treatment of cold-related emergencies (Canadian Red Cross)

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