Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the indicators

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling 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 air conditioning system checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is functioning at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Strand Brothers Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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