Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can usually prevent an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially 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 avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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