Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid 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 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 needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Recognize the indicators
You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your home’s AC 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 usually 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.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, particularly black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. 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.
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 carrying 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 contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Strand Brothers Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.