Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting season. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings 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 ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors 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 trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help avoid a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity all day and night 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 go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark hues, especially black clothing, 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Komfort Air. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.

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