The Health Hazards of a Heat Wave
by The Cooling Company, on Jul 31, 2013 4:38:35 AM
When temperatures soar for several days, people may begin to feel dizzy, weak or lethargic... overall uncomfortable. A heat wave is a dangerous weather condition that requires safety measures to prevent serious health issues especially for elderly individuals and those with medical conditions. Understanding the health hazards from extreme heat is vital for preventing life-threatening situations. Trying to stay cool with circulating fans, cold showers or air conditioning is highly recommended to avoid a heat stroke or even worse, death. Individuals without access to climate controlled devices should seek shelter from relatives, friends or public shelters and facilities.
A huge health risk during a heatwave is dehydration, which usually causes individuals to feel lethargic or dizzy. During normal temperatures, it is necessary to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. A heat wave will deplete the body’s moisture content more quickly. A great way to measure if the body is dehydrated is if the mouth or throat feels very dry, sometimes referred to as cottonmouth. When an individual feels thirsty, that is an indication that the body is already dehydrated. In addition to drinking more water, people can consume fruit and vegetables for its moisture content. An individual can also drink caffeine free sport or soft drinks to reduce the effects of dehydration.
Individuals with respiratory difficulties such as asthma or allergies are of specific concern during this time. An intense heat wave may cause them to experience more breathing problems than normal. During hot weather, pollen and smog often increase leading individuals to need more medication to alleviate asthma and respiratory attacks. Remaining in an air conditioned environment makes it easier to breathe because the filter of the device helps to prevent allergens from entering a building, and thus entering the body. Using a specialized filter is also frequently necessary or recommended in an air conditioned environment.
An additional health hazard exists for individuals with heart disease during extremely hot weather. When the body is overheated, the heart must work harder often leading to chest pains for people with heart problems. The prescription medications used by heart disease patients can also reduce the body’s ability to dissipate heat naturally. Individuals with heart conditions may experience headaches, nausea or muscle cramps. One of the best ways to remain safe throughout a heat wave is by continually using the air conditioning in your home and / or businesses.
Residents of Las Vegas and its surrounding areas can contact The Cooling Company by phone or online to schedule an air conditioner service, cleaning or repair. Our trained staff can also assist with choosing and installing the ideal air conditioning unit for your home or business.