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More victims of the cold. RCB calls for reason and reaction in the event of those in need of help

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The balance of fatalities due to hypothermia is growing. On Sunday, the Government Security Center informed about two people who died on Saturday. Experts urge us not to remain indifferent to those in need of help.

Two more people died of hypothermia on Saturday, the Government Security Center reported on Sunday.

“Remember: dress appropriately for the weather, do not warm up with alcohol, react when someone needs help – call the emergency number 112” – reminded RCB on Twitter.

Since November 1, the Police Headquarters have recorded 10 deaths as a result of hypothermia.

How to avoid hypothermia

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If we know or suspect that on frosty days someone may need help due to hypothermia, we should alert the services by calling 112. We need to react, for example, when we have information about people staying in unheated gazebos, vacant houses or other places that do not provide a safe haven. Let us not pass indifferently by those sleeping at bus stops, let us also take care of older neighbors who may need support during winter days. Contrary to popular opinion, death due to hypothermia does not happen only to the homeless.

Cooling down the bodyPAP

The risk of hypothermia

The level of the body’s heat load is assessed on the basis of the UTCI index (Universal Thermal Climate Index). To determine the UTCI value, human heat balance is calculated in the given meteorological conditions, taking into account, apart from temperature and air humidity, also wind speed and pressure. The UTCI value is not the same as the air temperature value.

The level of risk of hypothermia from November to March is estimated in five categories.

Hypothermia risk level scale (Government Center for Security)RCB

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