Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of 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 the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avert an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

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 at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is prepared to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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