• Your body heat drops quickly if you are wet or exposed to cold wind.

• Tight clothing hinders circulation and can contribute to hypothermia.

• Dress appropriately, and stay warm and dry.

• Conserve energy. Exhaustion leads to a quicker onset of hypothermia.

• Symptoms of hypothermia are confused speech, sleepiness and disorientation.

• Shivering is your body’s attempt to generate heat and ward off hypothermia.

• Alcohol, caffeine and tobacco exacerbate hypothermia and should never be used if you will be exposed to winter elements.

• Treat the symptoms of hypothermia with dry clothing, a warm fire, warm liquids (no coffee, tea or alcohol) and high-energy foods.

• Seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible.