Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can usually avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially black fabrics, since dark colors retain 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 never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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