Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days 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 dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactively servicing your home’s AC will help escape a failure on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your air conditioner is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call BW/Cook Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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