Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, 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 risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good working order and is ready 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 here for you.

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