Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and evenings 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 scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical aid and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

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

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can usually avoid an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly 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 avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as 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 everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because 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.

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