How To Avoid Risks Of Heatstroke?

Summer in colder regions of the world is one of the pleasant times of the year. The thought of summer brings to the mind a medley of ideas- vacations, backyard barbecues, and weekends at the lake. The greenery around is enchanting. But this is just one of the facets of the season. Summer can also be scorching hot and unbearable. There can be times when it is almost impossible to go out of the house. But certain errands will surely take you outside the house no matter how hot it is. You should be careful about such moments, as they can subject you to the risks of heatstroke. It is not that heatstroke can only happen outside the house in summers. It can also happen inside the house if the temperature is high and air conditioner is not working. Yes, air conditioning is a great way to prevent heatstroke. Thus it is wise on one’s part to keep the A/c serviced before summer season. Here are few tips that you can use to keep heatstroke at bay-

Do not get sunburnt: If you go outside the house without any protection under the burning sun, you will get sunburnt. It not only scorches and burns skin but overheats your body. It also stops the body’s natural ability to cool itself. Therefore you should apply sunscreen before you go out in the sun. It can really make a difference.

Wear loose and light garments: This is very important. Avoid wearing multiple layers of clothes. Choose light garments, which sit loosely on your body. Also avoid dark clothes as they absorb heat. It is always best to wear clothes that have a base of white or other light colors as they reflect heat. It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed or gardening hat so that rays of the sun do not singes your face. Dress in a manner so that your body can cool off easily.

Get your air conditioner serviced: Get your air conditioner serviced before summer starts. This is to ensure that it carries itself smoothly through the summer months without a breakdown. An ideal way is to have a maintenance service for your AC. In such a case the service provider will tune up your device once in spring that is before summer and the other one in autumn, before winter.

Look for indicators: If you feel that your body has become overheated, you have to take necessary precautions. Some medications or pre-existing conditions could raise the risk of heatstroke. The signs of heat exhaustion are: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. In case you are experiencing any one of these get under the shade immediately. Thereafter gradually put the air conditioner on to cool off the body. But this transition from hot to cold air should happen gradually. A sudden change can be bad. In case you do not feel better within half an hour or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway.

Drink enough fluids: Drink plenty of water, or other fluids and fruit juices. Drink them at frequent intervals. These will keep your body hydrated and moist. Sometimes you may not feel the thirst, but your body may still need water. So keep drinking water after every one hour. Carry water dispensers when you go out of the house. In peak heat season avoid alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.

Acclimatize your body to heat: You can expose your body to the heat outside for a short while every day. This will gradually make it habituated to the heat. If it spikes all of a sudden spend less time outside and the gradually increase it. This will protect your organs from getting overheated. You will have better skin –blood flow and sweating. If you need to work outside, then you will be comfortable in doing so. It will lower your body-heat production, heart rate, core temperature, and salt loss. It will increase your thirst and therefore you will intake more fluid.




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