Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful but things can still happen. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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