Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days 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 occur 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 may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the signs

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside 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 immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid 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 throughout the summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, especially 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 keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots 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. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because 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 are here for you.

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