Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck 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 you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, 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 keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement 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 air conditioning system checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s AC will help escape a failure on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically prevent an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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