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 hanging out indoors. It can also be a scary 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, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe 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.
Know the symptoms
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand 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 outside and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked immediately
Proactively servicing your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum 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 air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, especially black clothes, 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 help stop the sun from shining down on 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 at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good health and is equipped to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.