Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape 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 battle the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.
Know the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.