Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. 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 could result in death. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. 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. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, 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 immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they go out, 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 clothes, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer 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 to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

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

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