Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the indicators

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a failure on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark colors, especially black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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