Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. 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 urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical treatment and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer.
Know the symptoms
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your home’s AC checked ASAP
Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is running at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, especially when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, especially black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking a large volume of fluids, such as water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good shape and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.