Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings 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 dangerous 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 ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.
Recognize the indicators
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP
Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a failure on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally avoid an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you always. 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 air conditioner is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.