Summer is an incredible season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn 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. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and have any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked immediately
Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance service, an expert AC technician can usually prevent an emergency by locating troubles 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 its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Avoid wearing dark colors, specifically black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. 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, 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 it’s exceptionally hot, especially during mid-day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can add to dehydration.
To ensure your A/C system is in good working order and is ready to keep your family cool in the event of an emergency, call Pardee Service Experts. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.