Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the indicators

You can be careful but things can still happen. Recognize the signs 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, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help escape a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, especially black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep 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 make sure your AC is in good working order and is prepared to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Falso Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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