Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but things can still happen. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good shape and is equipped to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Broad Ripple Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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