Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and weekends 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 scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, 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 immediately. 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 emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help prevent a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can typically prevent an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black clothes, 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as 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 everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good health and is ready to keep your home 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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