Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind 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 indicators

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering 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 to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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