Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. 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 scary 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, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury 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.

Understand the signs

You can take precautions but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand 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 exhibit 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 immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP

Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a breakdown 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 avoid 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 you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Don’t wear dark hues, specifically black fabrics, 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 avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.

Hydrate

Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.

To confirm your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool in case 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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