Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize 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 display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. 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 service 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 proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

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

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