Hypothermia doesn’t just happen in the winter or in cold water. Hypothermia can occur in water that’s 70 degrees, so you need to be aware of hypothermia even when enjoying spring and summer water activities. Know how to protect your troop from hypothermia by:
- Always wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating on cold water. A life jacket not only provides flotation, but it also helps the person wearing it to conserve body heat.
- Wearing layers of insulated clothes that keep you warm even while wet, such as clothing made from wool or containing polypropylene or capilene.
- Wearing a wet suit or dry suit during aquatic activities.
- Wearing a hat. Body heat is quickly lost through the head.
For more, read Basic Water Rescue, a booklet published by the American Red Cross.