Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again throughout the summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

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

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots 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 bringing a water bottle with you at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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