Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances 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 scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can usually avoid an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark hues, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones 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 carrying 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 make sure your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call San Antonio Air Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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