Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape 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 withstand the extreme outdoor 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 untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the signs

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

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s AC will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

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

Hydrate

Keep yourself 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 carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep your home cool in case 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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