Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances 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 the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be 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 containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your family 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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