Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio 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 scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. 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 injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the indicators
You can be careful but things can still happen. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, 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 air conditioning system checked immediately
Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can usually avert 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 throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black clothes, since dark colors hold 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 keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as 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 with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.