Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to escape the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical attention and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause damage to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Understand the signs
You can be careful but things can still happen. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, dizziness, 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 immediately. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.
Have your A/C equipment checked ASAP
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help avoid a breakdown on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It also helps to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty 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 heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can accelerate dehydration.
To confirm your air conditioner is in good shape and is ready to keep you cool in case of an emergency, call Church Services. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we are here for you.