Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings 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 risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands 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 remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

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 outside and show 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 issues, 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

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by locating 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 outside. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps 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. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in case 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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