Summer is a glorious 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 staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.
Know the symptoms
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactively servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally prevent an emergency by discovering troubles 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 its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, especially black clothing, since dark colors retain 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 keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is equipped to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Climate Control Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.