Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days 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 withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the signs

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

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty 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 it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Donelson Air Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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