Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke Published on June 18, 2016 Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for exoctic vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also times 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 serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur 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 extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. 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, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel 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 prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally prevent an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you need it the most. Dress lighter 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 also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing. Hydrate Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, including 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 contribute to dehydration. To confirm your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep you cool in the event of an emergency, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.