Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a failure on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good working order and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Peachtree 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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