Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out 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 symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark colors, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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