Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days 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 risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor 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 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 extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC 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 usually avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty 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 to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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