Summer is an exciting time of 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 scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to 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 occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, 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 make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.
Understand the indicators
You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, 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 ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked immediately
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid 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.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. 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.
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 shape and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event 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.