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 escape 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 happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. 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 air conditioning system 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 all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can usually avert an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner 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 shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. 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.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones 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, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call San Antonio Air Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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