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Watch for Heatstroke This Summer

Watch for Heatstroke This Summer

The summer heat can be dangerous, especially in Fort Worth where it can easily reach triple digits. Staying cool isn’t just a matter of comfort — it’s also a matter of health and safety. One of the greatest dangers of high temperatures is the risk of heatstroke, a condition that can lead to serious harm. Learn more about what to watch for and what to do in today’s article, and make sure your home stays safe and cool with air conditioning services from Arthur Hagar, the HVAC specialists Fort Worth has trusted since 1949.

What Is Heatstroke?

Heatstroke describes a condition where your body dangerously overheats, typically marked by a body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It is often precipitated by prolonged exposure or serious physical activity in high temperatures. There is a spectrum of heat-related illness and injury, starting with less serious damage like sunburn and escalating through heat exhaustion. Heatstroke is the most serious condition on the spectrum, and any sign of it should be treated by medical professionals.

Warning Signs

How do you know if someone is suffering from heatstroke or is at risk of succumbing to it? There are a few symptoms to look for, including:

  • High temperature
  • Confusion, agitation, and/or slurred speech
  • Hot, dry, flushed skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Strong, rapid pulse
  • Loss of consciousness

Any one of these symptoms is cause for concern. A combination of them is a strong indicator of heatstroke.

What to Do

If you think someone is experiencing heatstroke, seek medical attention immediately. In the interim, move them indoors or into the shade and help them cool down. Remove excess clothing and place them in a cool bath or place ice packs at important points like the head, neck, armpits, and groin.

Heat exhaustion is often a precursor to heat stroke, with symptoms like cold, clammy skin, heavy sweating, and muscle cramps. Those suffering from heat exhaustion can sip water, but if their symptoms have worsened to indicate heatstroke, you should not offer them any liquids.

Risk Factors

Who is most at risk of experiencing heat stroke? Young children and adults over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable, because their central nervous system is weaker and reduces their ability to handle extreme heat. You are also at risk if you lack air conditioning, perform physical activity in hot weather, and/or are suddenly exposed to a hot climate such as a heat wave in your area or through a move to a new region. Certain medications can also increase your risk, as well as health conditions such as obesity or heart or lung disease.

How to Prevent Heatstroke

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to avoid heatstroke or any other heat-related illness. First of all, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and protect yourself from sunburn with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Stay hydrated and limit your activity during the hottest times of day.

Ensuring your AC unit – or the unit at an elderly family member’s home – is in good condition is another important step you can take to prevent problems. At Arthur Hagar, we’re there for you every step of the way in the lifetime of your heating and cooling system to ensure your safety and comfort. When it’s time for a new unit, we can help you find trustworthy equipment and our expert team can handle the installation. We can also keep your existing AC unit running strong for years to come with air conditioning repair and preventative maintenance.

Stay safe this summer! Call Arthur Hagar today for expert HVAC service and repair needs.

Keep Your Pets Safe Through the Dog Days of Summer

Keep Your Pets Safe Through the Dog Days of Summer

We’re approaching the dog days of summer, and in Texas, the temperature and humidity are already climbing. You take steps to make sure you stay safe and comfortable, from wearing lighter clothes to cranking the air conditioner, but do you know what steps you should take to protect your pets from the heat? In today’s… Continue Reading

4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your AC Unit

4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your AC Unit

Your air conditioner is an investment. It cost a pretty penny, but it should last for years. Let Arthur Hagar help it last even longer with quality air conditioning repair and maintenance services. We have been serving the Fort Worth area since 1949 with a dedication to customer comfort and satisfaction. To help you get… Continue Reading

3 Common Thermostat Problems and How to Fix Them

3 Common Thermostat Problems and How to Fix Them

If you are like most people, you walk by one of the most important components of your HVAC system every day without thinking about it. Your thermostat is one of the key elements that makes your heating and cooling system effective, and if it starts to malfunction, it can have a big impact on how… Continue Reading

3 Signs of a Bad Thermostat

3 Signs of a Bad Thermostat

When you are sweating away in the heat of a Fort Worth summer or huddling under the covers because your heating and cooling system is having problems, it can be easy to overlook the little things. Your thermostat is an important component of an effective HVAC system, but it is often ignored except for when… Continue Reading

More Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working

Do you feel warm air blowing out of your vents? Is your air conditioner making more noise than usual? Is your home not as cool as it has been in summers past? These are all signs that your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it should. In our last post, we discussed a few… Continue Reading

Why Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working

If you are having trouble with your air conditioner, there are a few common problems that might be at the root of your issues. We have talked about a few easy solutions to boost your AC unit’s efficacy in a previous post, such as replacing dirty air filters, checking your thermostat setting, and double checking… Continue Reading

7 Questions to Ask When Replacing Your HVAC System

If you’re having problems with your heating and cooling system, your first step is to have your system inspected. Arthur Hagar has more than 65 years of experience in the Fort Worth area and we will be able to tell you what the problem is and if repair or replacement is your best option. If… Continue Reading


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