Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape 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 external 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, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. 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 take precautions but things can still happen. 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 outdoors 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 any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid 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 finding problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner 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 clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. 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.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be 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 with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

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

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