Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.
Know the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel 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 emergency room.
Have your home’s AC checked immediately
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is functioning at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark hues, specifically black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may 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, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.