Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

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.

Dress lighter

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.

Drink Up

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.

Contact Us

Our Health and Safety Commitment
At Service Experts, our top priority is always the health and safety of our customers and team. We are following all COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public safety guidelines and adjusting our business practices as needed to ensure customer and employee wellbeing. As a precautionary measure, anyone working on behalf of Service Experts – including our technicians – is being asked to stay home for the recommended 14 day quarantine period if they are returning from out-of-country, have been exposed to a presumptive or confirmed case, or are feeling unwell. We are providing our technicians and other field employees with additional health and safety guidance to assist in keeping our customers and employees safe. Please be prepared to answer brief health and safety questions with our representative. We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust our business practices as required. We recognize that this may be a particularly stressful time and want you to know that, we are committed to serving you and making your experience as easy as possible.