Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside 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, outside and inside. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. 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 as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including 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 heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call All American Air Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.