Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, patio 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 aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So think Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Know the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors 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 malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by locating issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothes, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones 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 bringing a water bottle with you at all times. 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 health and is prepared 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’re there for you.