Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Know the signs
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be 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 containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.
To ensure your air conditioner is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Calverley Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.