Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your heart, brain, 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. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your air conditioning system checked immediately

Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can typically prevent an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

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

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good health and is equipped to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Golden Seal Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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