How to avoid hypothermia on Michigan waters: Coast Guard offers 4 tips as temperatures dip
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – With temperatures plummeting and snowflakes, the U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City shared four tips on Facebook to avoid hypothermia in Michigan waters.
These tips are as follows:
- There is a significant risk of diving hypothermia in water colder than 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported immersion hypothermia – which refers to hypothermia that occurs when the human body is immersed in water – “develops much faster than normal hypothermia because water heats up 25 times faster derives from the body as air ”.
- Individuals should monitor the marine weather forecast before planning a trip to any of Michigan’s waters. “Snow with a sea effect, strong winds and falling temperatures are good reasons to re-evaluate an excursion,” says the coast guard’s Facebook post.
- For those of you bringing a 6-pack of beer while you are ice fishing, remember: The Coast Guard post reminded people that alcohol decreases the body’s ability to ward off the cold.
- The Coast Guard recommended that people invest in a Personal Locator Beacon in addition to a portable VHF FM marine radio. Both measures allow users to alert the Coast Guard and other public safety forces in the event of an emergency on the water.
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