Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days 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 battle the extreme external 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 aid and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme 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.

Understand the symptoms

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-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 your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Calverley Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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