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Old 12-05-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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How long does it take for a person to freeze to death when its bitter cold outside?
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Depends on how bitter the cold is. And if there is a wind chill factor.
Frostbite can occur on exposed flesh in a few minutes in certain conditions.
Death usualy takes a few hours on land and a shorter time in cold water. As long as a body is trembling there is a chance of survival.
Once the inner body core temp lowers to where the trembling stops, death is near.
I remember when I was a little kid a man was found dead a half block away from our house.
He was laying in a ditch and was found to have left a local bar and was walking home. He got cold, sleepy, lethargic, and laid down to rest.
He was found dead the next morning by a neighbor going to work.
Yes, a person can die overnight from extreme cold temps.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:26 AM
 
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No way.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I'm not sure I want to know why this question was asked....!

Yes, of course they can. Depending on all sorts of factors. I believe I've read that being intoxicated speeds the process. An elderly woman who was a neighbor many years ago had dementia and was living with her daughter...she let herself out of the house late one night and was found dead not too far away the following morning, froze to death. There was also that old man up in Saginaw or Bay City last year who couldn't afford to pay his consumers bill and froze to death in his home. Very, very sad story, it was all over the news.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Yes you can freeze to death, just like you can die of heat stroke or exhaustion. Usually it is people who are at the edge. I don't mean that the terrible way it sounds, but just that you will not freeze to death working or playing outside no matter the temps. When you get cold, you go inside... problem solved, death avoided. It is when the person is in a situation where they cannot find shelter or warmth that they may freeze to death. Lost, homeless, without heat, mentally incapacitated (drunk, dementia, high, etc). The same group that is in danger in extreme heat situations of succumbing to heat stroke, or exhaustion and dieing.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:46 AM
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I believe a person who cannot afford the $500 month Edison costs and a homeless person sleeping outside over night can and have died when the temperatures drop below 20* or 30* and the person is unable to find shelter inside a building or have adequate protection from the weather.

Freezing or dieing from extreme cold is far more likely to happen to folks who are "at the edge" (whatever that means) than from heat. Otherwise healthy people can wait out a heat wave, but a cold snap that lasts an extended period of time and people cannot get to a heat source or warmer environment will cause more deaths. Kind of odd to compare the two extremes and see them as being "equal" when it comes to causing death when hypothermia seems much more dangerous and one doesn't have to be mentally incapacitated to succumb to its affects.

From yahoo! answers---

A person can perish from hypothermia at surprisingly moderate temperatures, although the colder it gets outside, the faster death can occur. Exposed skin can become frostbitten in less than ten minutes at subzero temps. If the body's core temp reaches 94 degrees Fahrenheit, death may occur.

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Old 12-05-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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A year or so ago a elder lady steped out on her front porch to get the news paper. The dor closed on her with one of those locked door you can open from the inside with out unlocking. She froze to death on her front porch with in hours it was estmated.

Al
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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How long does it take for a person to freeze to death when its bitter cold outside?
Is the person outside or inside? We lost our power last winter for a few days, and I think the lowest it got inside the house was 55 or so. I would think with enough covering, someone could survive in 55 degree temps. In an older home though, with horrible insulation, the temperature may plunge into the 40's.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Is the person outside or inside? We lost our power last winter for a few days, and I think the lowest it got inside the house was 55 or so. I would think with enough covering, someone could survive in 55 degree temps. In an older home though, with horrible insulation, the temperature may plunge into the 40's.
when the person is outside. I know alcohol can speed up the process of the person freezing to death.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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How long does it take for a person to freeze to death when its bitter cold outside?
I see you have a thread in another part of CD about this.

Are you concerned for a loved one??
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