Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Recognize the indicators
You can be diligent but things can still happen. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and have 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 chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be 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, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.
To confirm your air conditioner is in good working order and is prepared to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Barlow Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.