Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms 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 outdoors and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling 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 ER.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, 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 is in tip-top shape all 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 clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including 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 it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

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

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