Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and afternoons 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 dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling 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 hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can typically avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, specifically black clothes, 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good health and is equipped to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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