Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a lovely time of year. It’s a time for family 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 risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent 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 harm to your brain, heart, 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 keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.

Know the symptoms

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, chest pain, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, 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 service your home’s A/C equipment will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outside. Don’t wear dark shades, particularly black clothing, since dark colors absorb 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.

Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Norrell Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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