Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can typically prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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