Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. 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 staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly 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 treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating 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, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, 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 AC equipment is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert AC technician can usually avoid an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, particularly black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t 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 containing caffeine or alcohol since 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 . We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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