Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Know the indicators

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can usually prevent 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 during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Eveready Service Experts . We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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