Are you ready for Florida Heat?
Just one week into Summer 2016, temperatures are already maxing out at 97 degrees on the central Florida coast. While most Floridians are accustomed to these conditions, it is still important to heed caution both indoors and outdoors to avoid injury or sickness caused by the extreme Florida heat. Heat stroke is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in central Florida, but it can be easily prevented with the proper precautionary measures.
First things first, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Regularly drinking fluids is the most important way to avoid heat exhaustion. Water is the best, but juices or Gatorade are good also. Alcohol and caffeine are counter-productive to staying hydrated, so avoid consuming either at peak temperatures. Try to have a drink with you at all times to keep the thirst away.
People of all ages should take extra measures during the summer months to protect themselves from extreme sun exposure. Even on a cloudy day, wear a layer of sunblock (especially if you anticipate to be outside for more than an hour at a time). SPF 30 or higher is the most protective. Also, sport a nice pair of sunglasses or wide-brimmed hat (or baseball cap) on sunnier days. Protecting your eyes and head is essential during the summer. For clothing, stick with lighter colors and materials, like whites and cotton. Light colors and soft materials will help reflect the sun and reduce sweating. If you experience any symptoms related to dehydration or heat exhaustion, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. These symptoms include dizziness, dry-mouth, headache, limited breathing, and fatigue. Contact your physician if the symptoms persist after 45 minutes in an air-conditioned setting.
Beyond outdoor sun exposure, it is important to ensure your home is fully prepared to beat the heat this summer. The first step to keeping your house cool is to have your AC checked. An AC service technician will be able to spot any faults in your air conditioning equipment that will limit its ability to properly cool your home. Whether you have a central air conditioning system or window units, a thorough inspection of any equipment is necessary for keeping the temperature low inside your home and preventing a possible emergency. (Not to mention, it will help keep your energy costs down, too). Contact your local air conditioning company, Advanced Air & Heat, to set up a service technician inspection appointment today.