Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. 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 summer. 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 injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the signs

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel 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 immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is running at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avoid 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 clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors hold 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 avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including 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. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Epperson Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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