Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe 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 overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

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, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, go into 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 pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself 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 carrying a water bottle with you at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Roland J. Down 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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