Itâ€™s a particularly bad winter storm, the snow is piling up outside and the wind is lashing your house. The power goes out suddenly and now you have to shelter in your home with no electricity and no heating. Keeping your core body temperature at a healthy 36-37 degrees is important. Once you start to lose your core temperature, you will slip into hypothermia. Mild symptoms will start when your temperature drops below 35 degrees and includes shivering and confusion. Moderate hypothermia results in violent shivering, slow movements and your extremities become pale as blood draws towards your vital organs. Severe hypothermia starts when you drop to the low 30â€™s and you are at risk for death as your heart rate, blood pressure and respiration rates all decrease. One safe guard against the cold is a stock pile of warm blankets.
Fleece is a great alternative to wool because it is much more light weight, less expensive, doesnâ€™t cause itchiness or allergies and is vegan friendly.
Fleece is a lightweight, warm, soft fabric that mimics wool but weighs only a fraction of pure wool products. Fleece is hydrophobic meaning it repels water, only holding less than1% of its weight in water. When wet, it still keeps its ability to insulate so you will stay warm. Due to this nature, it dries very quickly.
Polar Fleece can be made from recycled PET bottles, or even recycled fleece. While it is cosy, soft and fluffy it is not flammable, but rather just melts when exposed to flame.
You can use polar fleece blankets to insulate yourself and the room you are hunkering down in. To insulate the room, use spare blankets to trap heat in by lining underneath doors and covering windows â€“ basically anywhere that heat might escape. You can then insulate yourself by layering up on clothing and wrapping yourself in a cosy polar fleece blanket.
Polar fleece blankets are great for emergency supplies as they donâ€™t take up a lot of space and are very durable. Store them in a cool dry place, ready to use whenever you need them.