Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical attention and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the signs

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, 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 servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they give out, 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, especially when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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