Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a risky 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 urgent 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 treatment and, if untreated, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, 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 trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a breakdown on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioning system is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can usually avoid an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from 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 purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including 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. 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 air conditioner is in good health and is prepared to keep you cool in the event 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.