Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck 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 risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external 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 harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful 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, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside 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 chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system 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. Stay away from dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. 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 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 carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Stark Services. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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