With millions of people still without power after superstorm Sandy, many may be looking at some very cold nights ahead - which means they may find themselves at risk of hypothermia, or cold stress.
Hypothermia occurs when your internal core body temperature drops to 96 degrees or less. While anyone can experience it, the elderly are at particular risk and can suffer from this in houses even at temperatures in the low 60s. Even more frightening, hypothermia can be deadly if not recognized and treated.
Possible signs that someone is experiencing hypothermia include confusion, sleepiness, slurred speech and/or shivering. People with hypothermia may also have a weak pulse and unsteady movements.
Here are some tips for preventing hypothermia if you don't have heat in your home:
Most importantly, if you develop any of the signs or symptoms of hypothermia, seek help immediately.
Adapted from: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2009/nia-16.htm
For more information and tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.