Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke Published on June 18, 2016 Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer. Understand the indicators You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: 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 do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER. Have your A/C equipment checked immediately Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a failure on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you need it the most. Dress lighter Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to wear 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 plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. 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 ensure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.