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 withstand the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. 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. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside 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 any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s AC will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain 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 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is equipped to keep you 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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