Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is an exciting time of year. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat ailments this summer.

Know the signs

You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and display any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your AC equipment is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark shades, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.

Drink Up

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.

To make sure your AC is in good shape and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.

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