Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the indicators

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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