Summer is a lovely time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.
Know the indicators
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit 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 any chest pain, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again throughout the summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outside. Stay away from dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.