Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio 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 risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outside temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the indicators

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

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, especially black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add 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 Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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