Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand 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, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be careful 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, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

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 A/C system is functioning at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again 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 reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer 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. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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