Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. 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 severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the signs

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can usually avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, specifically black clothes, since dark colors hold 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 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 lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Stark Services. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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