Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge 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 combat the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.
Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert AC technician can typically avert an emergency by locating problems 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 clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as 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, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.
To confirm 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 Commercial HVAC. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.