Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times 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 dangerous 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 ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense 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 keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the signs

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can usually avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark shades, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. 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.

Hydrate

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Peitz Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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