Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and weekends 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 you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. 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 commands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, 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 indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s AC will help avoid a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is running at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, 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 invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is equipped to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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