Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avoid an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good shape and is equipped to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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