Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances 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 dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to withstand the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s AC will help escape a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally avoid an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, especially black fabrics, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good shape and is equipped to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Sunbeam Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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