Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can make sure you and your family are safe from heat sickness this summer.
Recognize the indicators
You can be diligent but sometimes that’s not enough. Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or any chest pain, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest ER.
Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert AC technician can normally prevent an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to wear 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 lots of fluids, including 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 at all times. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and is prepared to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Coastal Service Experts. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.