Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also times 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 properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, specifically black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially 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 it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Freschi Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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