Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family 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, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.
Have your home’s AC checked ASAP
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty 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 to keep 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 add to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is ready to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.