Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for exotic 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 dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can take precautions 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 outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark shades, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from 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 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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