Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.

Know the signs

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating 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 do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots 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, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Knochelmann Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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