Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days 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 ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires 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 could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can be careful but things can still happen. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner 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 outdoors. Avoid wearing 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 invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer 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 carrying a water bottle with you at all times. 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 accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep your family 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 here for you.

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