Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical attention and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still happen. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea 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

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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