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 times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe 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 heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the indicators
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside 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 immediately or go to the nearest ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked ASAP
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, 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 clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including 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 containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good shape and is prepared 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.