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 evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. 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 untreated, 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 indoors and outdoors. 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 happen. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually avoid an emergency by locating problems 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 shades, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on 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 prepared to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call A1 Chesney Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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