Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times 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 external 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, outside and inside. 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 severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. 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 outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is functioning at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. 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 ensure your AC is in good working order and is prepared 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 ready for you.

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