Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a glorious time of the year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care 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 may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.

Understand the symptoms

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by locating problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool during the heat of summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.

Stay Hydrated

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Midway Services. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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