Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering troubles 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 you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good health and is prepared to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Bob Brown Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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