Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle 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, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense 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 ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel 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 immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, 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 air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be 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 containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Stevenson Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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