Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember 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. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, find 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avert an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, 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 clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, 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 invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t 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 make sure your A/C system is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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