Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke Published on June 18, 2016 Summer is a wonderful season. It’s a time for beach vacations, backyard barbeques, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if the correct precautions aren’t taken to prepare your home to battle 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 happen anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke requires emergency medical attention and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer. Recognize the indicators You can be careful but things can still happen. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and display any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest ER. Have your home’s AC checked ASAP Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioner will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is operating at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can normally avert an emergency by finding issues and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again all summer when its needed the most. Dress lighter Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark hues, specifically black clothing, since dark colors retain heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also good to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing. Stay Hydrated Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as 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 add to dehydration. To make sure your air conditioner is in good health and is ready to keep your family cool in case of an emergency, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.