Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle 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 happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the signs

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is running at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert AC technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.