Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days 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 the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avoid an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects 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 never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as 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 at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call A-PLUS Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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