ASHLAND, Ore. – Outdoors experts are urging people to beware of hypothermia. Frigid cold like that seen in the area can cool body temperatures to dangerous levels over time, and in the worst cases can bring on hypothermia in a matter of minutes.
Experts with the Ashland Outdoor Store say the most important thing to do is dress in removable layers. That allows you to stay warm without raising body temperature too high and sweating — which can freeze and make you colder.
They also say if you’re going out, prepare for the worst.
“If something goes wrong where you get kind of lost, have enough so you can be, maybe not necessarily comfortable, but at least survive eight, twelve, sixteen hours before somebody can actually show up and get you,” said Mike Reinert, an apparel expert at the store.
Those going out in the cold are also advised to bring water when going outside for long periods of time. Even eating snow in a pinch requires energy to melt and absorb, meaning the costs can outweigh the benefits.