Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two potentially serious conditions that can occur if you or a loved one gets overheated. The risks of heat-related illnesses dramatically increase when the heat index soars to 90 degrees or more; and it can occur anywhere…at any time while you’re outside or even in your own home. If you experience an AC breakdown, it’s critical to call (732) 349-5059 for a 24-hour air conditioner repair to stay safe and comfortable through the summer heat.
Below, find out how you can stay safe and keep your loved ones safe from heat illnesses this summer.
Recognize the Signs of Heat Exhaustion Vs Heatstroke
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are heat-related illnesses that can occur after exposure to high temperatures and accompanied by dehydration. They can develop quickly over a few minutes, or gradually over several hours or days.
Heat exhaustion occurs when you become very hot and start to lose water or salt from your body, which leads to tiredness, weakness, feeling dizzy, decreased blood pressure, headaches, muscle cramps, feeling sick, intense thirst, a fast pulse and urinating less often. If left untreated, it can progress to a heatstroke.
Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person’s body temperature becomes dangerously high. Although it is less common, it is much more serious as it can put a strain on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include confusion, disorientation, seizures and a loss of consciousness.
Who’s at Risk?
Anyone can develop heat exhaustion or heatstroke; however, some people are at a higher risk including:
- elderly (always check on your neighbors)
- babies and young children
- people with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or a heart or lung conditions
- people who are already sick and dehydrated
- people engaged in strenuous exercise
In the event your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of a heat wave, call Point Bay Fuel for 24-hour air conditioning repair. But there are a few things you can do to find relief while you wait for the technician to arrive.
- Get the individual out of the heat and into an air-conditioned room or nearest cool and shady location.
- Close curtains that are exposed to the sunshine
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment (they generate heat)
- Offer plenty of fluid (avoiding caffeine and alcohol).
- Remove any unnecessary clothing.
- Encourage a cool shower or bath.
- Apply other cooling measures such as iced towels and fans.
If the above treatments fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical assistance.
Call for 24-Hour Air Conditioning Repair
Proactively maintaining your HVAC system with an annual tune-up will keep your system operating at peak performance, extend the life of your unit and help to prevent future failures even on the hottest of summer days. To ensure your AC is in good health and ready to keep your family cool in the event of a breakdown, call Point Bay Fuel.