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    Cold Exposure: Emergency Equipment - Topic Overview

    You may be able to prevent cold exposure by having emergency equipment with you if you do outdoor sports or activities. Your equipment may include:

    • 2 or 3 fire-starting kits and a cigarette lighter.
    • A pocketknife.
    • A wire saw, to cut large pieces of wood for an emergency fire.
    • A space blanket, to be used as a windbreaker and heat reflector.
    • Large plastic leaf bags, to wrap around you and over your backpack for quick rain and wind protection.
    • Low-temperature electrician's tape, for general repairs to space blankets, clothing, tents, or boots.
    • An Ensolite pad, to sit or sleep on.
    • A headlamp, to allow you to use both of your hands. Remember extra bulbs and batteries.
    • A map and compass.
    • Extra clothing, drinking water, and food.
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
    • Snow shovel on trips where snow is expected.
    • Signaling equipment, such as a whistle, mirror, flares, or a parachute cloth to float in the air.
    • A first aid kit.
    • A thermometer.
    • Chemical hot packs.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 20, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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