Hypothermia can kill - stay away from open water: The Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) is issuing a warning to all citizens to stay away from open water at
this time of the year. This warning comes in light of the high water levels reported
across the region and following a boating incident this weekend that nearly killed
two teenagers on Lake St. Clair.
Extremely cold temperature and water can cause hypothermia. Warning signs include
uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech
drowsiness, obvious exhaustion which may result in cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Normal body temperature is 37° Celsius. Hypothermia begins to set in at 35.5°
In water 32.5° Fahrenheit or colder, you might not survive more than 15 to 45
minutes. You'll undergo shock within the first two minutes and some functional disability
before 30 minutes, according to the US Coast Guard.
Parents and child-care providers need to ensure they talk to their children and
teens about water safety and keep them away from open water this time of year. The
OPP is reminding all boaters that the waters temperatures of most bodies of open
water are hovering just over the freezing temperatures.
The OPP is warning anyone considering boating to be extremely cautious and understand
the dangers of the water. For those boating in this weather, Immersion or Survival
Suits should be worn along with all the other lifesaving equipment required by law
at your disposal. "Don't take unnecessary risks with your life, or those whose job
it is to save you!" - Sgt. D. Rektor.