Summer is a glorious time of year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to accommodate the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Understand the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your A/C equipment checked immediately
Proactive service your home’s AC will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert AC technician can typically prevent an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It also helps 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, such as 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 everywhere you go. When it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is prepared to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.