Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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