For Arizonans, the fear of heat-related health risks is very real. With temperatures frequently reaching above 110 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months, Arizonans need to be aware of the potential dangers. There are two serious hot weather health risks: heat stroke and dehydration.
Heat stroke can happen easily for individuals who spend a long time in the heat. It is caused by the body’s core temperature rising, similar to a fever. A person is considered to have heat stroke if their body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is why it is important to have access to air conditioning in Arizona. According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, a person who believes they are experiencing heat stroke should get to a shady or air-conditioned place to help lower their body temperature. Signs that a person may have heat stroke include confusion, short and rapid breathing, the person has stopped sweating, and a fast pulse.
Dehydration refers to a deficiency of fluid in a person’s body. There are three types of dehydration: loss of electrolytes, loss of water and a loss of both. According to the Mayo Clinic website, symptoms of mild or moderate dehydration include thirst and discomfort. As a person becomes severely dehydrated, symptoms can include headache, decreased blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, tongue swelling and in extreme cases, death.
In the beginning stages, additional fluids may be able to stop the dehydration. Severe cases will need to see a doctor for professional medical treatment.
Make sure your Arizona air conditioning unit is running properly to provide you cover during the hot summer weather. Chas Roberts has been serving Arizona for 70 years and can help you today! Schedule an appointment online or call (602) 328-5066 in the Phoenix area, (520) 618-1884 in Tucson, or (505) 264-7257 in New Mexico to learn more about why you should choose Chas. Chas Roberts is also currently accepting nominations for their annual Cool Play AC Giveaway contest. Three homeowners will win a new air conditioning and heating system. Nominate someone today by visiting ChasRoberts.com/coolplay.