Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky 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 ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage 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. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the signs
You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, 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 service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at maximum capacity all day and night 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 is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.