Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark shades, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your AC 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 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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