Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings 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 risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the signs

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb 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 avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call McElroy Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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