Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke

June 18, 2016

Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a risky time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke commands emergency medical attention and, if untreated, may cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both outside and inside your house. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat sickness this summer.

Understand the signs

You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Know the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outside and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.

Have your home’s AC checked immediately

Proactive maintenance of your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at maximum capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can normally avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when you need it the most.

Dress lighter

Wear loose, lightweight fabric, specifically when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark shades, particularly black clothing, since dark colors absorb 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 avoid layering clothing.

Drink Up

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can add to dehydration.

To ensure your AC is in good working order and is prepared to keep you cool if there’s an emergency, call TML Service Experts. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.

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