Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

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 days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. 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 signs

You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms 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 outdoors 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 air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent 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 typically avert an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume 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 always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since 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 Heating Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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