Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

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

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as 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. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in the event of 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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