Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends 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 risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from overheating this summer.
Know the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally avert an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, especially when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially 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 everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.
To ensure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Norrell Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.