Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances 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 accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, particularly black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots 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 it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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