Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days 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 the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.

Recognize the symptoms

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and display 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 immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible

Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

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

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may 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, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To confirm your air conditioner is in good health and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.