Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, 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 hazardous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical attention and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.
Know the signs
You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your home’s AC checked immediately
Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avoid an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again throughout the summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain 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 avoid layering clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.
To confirm your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.