Heat Preparedness

Phoenix isn’t a stranger to hot weather. The average temperature between June and August is 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and historically, temperatures have exceeded 90 degrees well into October. And while you might find yourself enjoying the sunshine in swimming pools or at neighborhood barbecues this summer, remember that anyone can fall victim to heat if they don’t take necessary safety precautions.

Follow these measures from our Phoenix air conditioning contractors to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  1. Be alert: Watch the news or read the paper to follow the weather forecast. If you know ahead of time that next Saturday’s predicted high is 110 degrees Fahrenheit, you might reconsider your trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens or The Phoenix Zoo.
  2. Hibernate: When it’s simply too hot outside and the National Weather Center has issued an excessive heat watch or warning, plan indoor activities for your kids. See a movie, shop at the mall, or make crafts at your kitchen table. Whatever you do, try to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
  3. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids before, during and after being outside. Hydration is the key to protecting yourself and your family from heat related illnesses.
  4. Apply SPF: Whether going for a morning stroll with Fido or playing at a nearby water park, make sure you and your kids have on adequate sunscreen. Sunburn impedes your skin’s ability to shed excess heat, which can make you summer’s next victim.
  5. Know the signs: Cramps, sunburn, dizziness, tachycardia, lethargy, confusion: These are all signs that heat is taking a toll on your body. If you or your child experiences any of these symptoms, seek refuge in your home – or in the shade if you can’t reach an air conditioned building – immediately. Drink plenty of fluids and take a cold bath to regulate your body temperature and contact a medical professional if symptoms don’t subside.

Safeguard your health this summer by scheduling a Phoenix air conditioning maintenance appointment. Contact the experts at Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, visit ChasRoberts.com or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix.