Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. 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 ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn 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. Know 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 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 home’s AC checked immediately

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

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black clothes, 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 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 add to dehydration.

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

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