Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat 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 happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can be careful but things can still happen. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble 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 breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a failure on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avoid an emergency by locating problems 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, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, especially black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase 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 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 carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.