Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for family 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 outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out 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 sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors 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 ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s AC will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert AC technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, 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 outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, particularly black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering 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 carrying a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Roy Inch & Sons 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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