MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials are encouraging older Alabama residents to take extra precautions because of the frigid cold weather that has gripped the state.
Alabama Department of Senior Services Commissioner Irene Collins encouraged people to keep a close eye on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors. She said the elderly are often more susceptible to hypothermia because they sometimes don't realize they are becoming cold.
She encouraged older Alabama residents to take precautions including dressing in layers and wearing a hat and gloves when they go outside.
She also encouraged anyone using a space heater to keep it at least 3 feet from furniture and draperies.
The signs and symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, dizziness, numbness, weakness, impaired judgment, impaired vision and drowsiness.
Call a health professional and get the victim of hypothermia to medical care as soon as possible if the victim seems confused-- one of the first signs of hypothermia—or if the body temperature does not return to normal.
Until emergency medical help arrives, follow these methods help to maintain warmth:
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