Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings 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 happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can be careful but things can still happen. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, 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 maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at maximum 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 air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed 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 helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps 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 plenty of fluids, including 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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