Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge 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 properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious 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 attention and, if untreated, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and show any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked immediately

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert AC technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t 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, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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