Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.
Understand the signs
You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactive service your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually prevent an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system 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’re there for you.