It’s almost the peak of the summer and the temperature is insanely hot. With the humidity soaring up to 80 percent, many households across the US are complaining of summer heat-related illnesses. But according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best defence for summer related injury is prevention.
Reacting to Overheat
Heat stroke is a common heat injury during summer and it can cause damage to the internal organs, brain or even death. The internal temperature of our human body is 37C and a prolonged exposure to heat with a combination of dehydration can cause the body to overheat. The most common symptoms like throbbing headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, lack of sweating despite the heat, vomiting, disorientation and seizure should not be taken lightly. Medical help should be needed right away
Defend the Family
According to CDC, one best defence from summer heat exhaustion is by getting the body hydrated by drinking more fluids. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages during summer time. Not only alcohol can drain body fluids fast, but it can also lessen its ability to endure heat. A loose fitting and lightweight clothes can also help the body cool off easily and staying indoors are equally important. Electric fans can offer comfort, but when the heat mark kicks up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the chances of heat injury are high. Taking a cool shower can give temporary relief, but moving to an air-conditioned room is highly suggested.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, typical summer morning temperature reads 96 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Imagine what is like when home air conditioning system suddenly stops working during noon time! A reliable heating and cooling service around Little Rock such as Kennedy Heating and Air comes in handy for emergency repairs, system replacement or year round maintenance.
Infants, elderly and people with hypertension and heart diseases are at greater risks of heat stroke.