Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage 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 indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can typically prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including 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, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Strogen's Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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