Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, 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 hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again all summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good working order and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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