Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think 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 signs
You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked immediately
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including 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 at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.