Summertime in the South can get pretty hot in a hurry. During peak temperatures, the outdoors and even indoors can be downright dangerous.
During times with family and friends, we may neglect some of the important summer-related health measures needed. Instead of reaching for another glass of water or taking a quick break, we might push our bodies a bit too hard.
What to Watch For.
It becomes important than to know just how to prepare yourself properly for the warmer weather ahead. A number of heat-related illnesses become a very real possibility, so it helps to know what warning signs exist for ailments like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Heavy sweating.
- Feeling faint, dizzy, nauseous or fatigued.
- Muscle cramps.
- Low blood pressure upon standing.
Source: The Mayo Clinic http://ow.ly/xD55A
An equally alarming and more serious effect of excessive summer heat is a heat stroke. While youngsters and elderly are more susceptible to the dangers of heat stroke, it remains important that you speak with your doctor about proper sun exposure.
Symptoms of heat stroke include those mentioned for heat exhaustion, as well as:
- Strong, rapid heart rate.
In the event you or anyone you know experiences these ailments, it’s important to seek out immediate medical attention. To avoid these worst case scenarios, you need to be prepared.
The Best Defense.
Taking the proper steps to stay hydrated and well rested during the summer heat is always priority number one. You cannot help others unless you yourself are taking care of your own body and health needs. Taking frequent breaks, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and wearing protective clothing when possible are great ways to stay safe. After that, you need to take steps to make sure your home or office environment is a sun-safe place, an indoor haven from the harsh weather.
Ways to beat the heat indoors include:
- Have a stable supply of fresh drinking water.
- Proper air circulation.
- A functional air conditioner unit.
- Shading and window treatments that limit excessive sun exposure.
- An emergency plan in case of power failure or “brownout.”
A cool home or office during the summer can be your one-way ticket to an enjoyable time during this season. No matter the task or project, our technicians can help you navigate the most cost effective route for your cooling system needs.
The King of Summer Cool.
When it comes to Southwest Georgia, our focus has always been on never missing a beat with indoor comfort. Whether it’s a residential or commercial cooling service, we at Harrell King have the tools and know-how necessary to get the job done.
Your central air conditioning unit’s installation, repair & maintenance can all be taken care of in a seamless manner by our expert team. Our ductwork, split systems, and hybrid systems can help you save energy while still enjoying indoor comfort. So get ready for a safe, enjoyable summer, and don’t be afraid to ring the King!
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