Summer is a lovely time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times 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 scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, 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 inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, 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 as soon as possible
Proactive service your home’s AC will help escape a breakdown on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you always. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.