Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the indicators
You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, go into 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 hospital.
Have your home’s AC checked immediately
Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help avoid a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, specifically black clothes, since dark colors hold 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 avoid layering clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially 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 at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.