Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the indicators
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your home’s AC checked ASAP
Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Comfort Masters Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.