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 scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external 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 untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.
Understand the indicators
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avoid an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black clothing, since dark colors absorb 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 keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be 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 contribute 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.