Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor 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 care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Know the signs
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, find 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 immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactively maintaining your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black clothes, since dark colors absorb 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 help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.
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 carrying a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To confirm your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call Atmostemp Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.