Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can typically prevent an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Bob Brown Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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