To some, winter is a beautiful time of the year. To others, winter can be a very dangerous time of the year. In fact, winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans compared to summer heat (USA Today). One way to combat this threat is by knowing winter survival clothing layers.
Based on a report by the National Center for Health Statistics “about 2,000 U.S. residents died each year from weather-related causes of death.” Of those 2,000 people, 63% of these deaths were from the weather-related excessive natural cold. Cold weather leads to the threat of frostbite and hypothermia which many times lead to death.
What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperatures, happens when you are exposed to cold temperatures that cause your body to lose heat faster than it can be produced. This affects your brain making you unable to think clearly or move well. What makes it even more dangerous is that it is a silent killer. Many people can be suffering from hypothermia and not know it.
Hypothermia is typically encountered by people living in colder environments. However, it can also happen at cool temperatures above 40 degrees. This can happen when you are chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.