Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for beach vacations, patio 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 scary time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen 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. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the signs
You can take precautions but things can still go wrong. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and display any of these symptoms, go into 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 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 prevent a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance service, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, particularly black clothing, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects the sun. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t 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 health and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Church Services. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.