How to Stay Safe in the Heat
In some parts of the country, temperatures have yet to reach anything approaching a dangerous level. But in the Texas heat, especially during the long summer days, we deal with risks associated with extreme heat almost daily. People who work outside are at a higher risk of heat stroke and other health issues, as are small children and the elderly.
However, nearly anyone can succumb to the dangers of heat stroke and other heat-related illness—pets, too! Follow some of our tips for staying safe as temperatures spike, and call our team to get fast service for your air conditioning system in Beaumont, TX.
Tips for Everyone
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
- Wear light clothing in light colors to reflect the sun’s rays.
- Avoid strenuous activity, but make sure there’s someone with you if you do need to work outdoors.
- Take frequent rest breaks.
- Eat small, light meals frequently.
- Check on family members and neighbors who may not have air conditioning. They should also be encouraged to seek relief elsewhere in extreme temperatures, such as at a library or shopping mall.
- Do not leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
Tips for Your Home
- Keep the air conditioner on, use ceiling fans, and draw the blinds to keep out the sun’s rays.
- Have an emergency preparedness kit ready if necessary, and have a plan in place in case your power goes out.
- Stay tuned in to weather reports to stay up-to-date about extreme temperatures.
- Check on animals often for any signs of heat exhaustion.
- Keep the thermostat at a reasonably efficient temperature to avoid excess strain on your AC system that could lead to a breakdown.
- Help prevent air conditioner breakdowns by changing the air filter regularly and scheduling maintenance for your AC system each year.