- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Winter in Nebraska brings with it opportunities for outdoor recreation like hunting, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding.

But the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging residents to be safe and avoid hypothermia, most often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water.

Symptoms of moderate to severe hypothermia include shivering, clumsiness and lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, drowsiness and gradual loss of consciousness.

State officials suggest hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts dress warmly in layers of clothing that may be added or removed as necessary. Warm hats, gloves or mittens and boots will prevent heat loss through the top of the head, hands and feet. Anglers should wear a life vest on the ice.

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