Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, go into 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avoid an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again throughout the summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including 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 at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Strand Brothers Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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