Summer is an incredible 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 you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat 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, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling 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 immediately
Proactive service your home’s air conditioner will help escape a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is running at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark colors, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good health and is equipped to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.