Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. 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 hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover 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. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer 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 to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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