Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and afternoons 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 hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help avoid a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally prevent an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is equipped to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Levy & Son Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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