Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your heart, brain, 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 make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can be careful but things can still happen. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a malfunction 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 routine maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, especially black fabrics, since dark colors absorb 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 avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

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 carrying a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good health and is equipped to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.