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Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for family 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 the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor 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, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

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, chest pain, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. 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 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 high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you want it most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, especially black fabrics, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.

To confirm your A/C system is in good shape and is prepared to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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