Summer is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times 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 scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.
Know the symptoms
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically prevent an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in case 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.