Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also days 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 dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires 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 outside and inside your house. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better 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 ER.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good 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

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially 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 everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Air Engineers Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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