Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck 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 hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can take precautions but things can still happen. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and display 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 any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your air conditioning system checked immediately
Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can usually avoid an emergency by discovering problems 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.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black clothes, 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.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.
To ensure your AC 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.