Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate 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 take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, 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 outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the symptoms
You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible
Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can usually avert an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume 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 always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good health and is ready to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call D&K Home Services by Enercare. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.