Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside 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 happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.

Know the signs

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: 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 do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, 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 ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help avoid a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark shades, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you stay 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Komfort Air. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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