Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

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 times 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 serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling 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 ER.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

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 all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can usually avoid an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as 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 at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Wesley Wood Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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