Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, find 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 chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects 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.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including 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. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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