Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactive service your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is operating at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a proactive maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically prevent an emergency by discovering issues and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark colors, particularly black clothes, since dark colors absorb 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 avoid layering clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including 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, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good working order and is ready to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Jack Nelson Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.