Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the indicators

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is equipped to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call McKinley Heating Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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