Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside 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 or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical attention and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.
Understand the signs
You can be careful but things can still happen. Know the signs 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, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is running at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, specifically black clothes, since dark colors absorb 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 avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty 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 bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Becht/Givens Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.