Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck 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 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 urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical aid 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. Find out 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. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP

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

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors hold 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 keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

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 everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Peachtree Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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