Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur 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 severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, 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 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 hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown 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 AC technician can usually avoid an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed 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.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying 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 confirm your AC is in good shape and is equipped to keep your family 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.

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