Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for family vacations, patio 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 scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming 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 brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, 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 any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from 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 avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself 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 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 shape and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Becht/Givens Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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