Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for family 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 risky 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, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands 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 remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the signs

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, 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 trouble breathing, 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 prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they go out, 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.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as 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 at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from 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 prepared to keep you 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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