Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the indicators
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. 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 ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked immediately
Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, specifically 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.