Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days 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 dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical aid and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is functioning at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally avoid 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 all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, particularly black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you always. 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 ensure 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 day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.