Avoiding Indoor Heat Stroke Published on June 18, 2016 Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a scary time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to accommodate the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause harm to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat sickness this summer. Recognize the symptoms You can be diligent but things can still go wrong. Recognize the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and display any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital. Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible Proactively maintaining your home’s air conditioner will help avoid a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert A/C system technician can usually prevent an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they give 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 clothing, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Don’t wear dark hues, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It also helps to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and don’t layer clothing. Stay Hydrated Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try to keep a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration. To ensure your AC is in good health and is equipped to keep your family cool if there’s an emergency, call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.