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How to Avoid Heat Related Illnesses During A/C Failure

Phoenix Arizona is one of the hottest places in the country from May to September. Heat related illnesses are common during the summer months and year after year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat illnesses could even be fatal. Over 1,500 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat have occurred in Arizona from 2000 to 2012.

If you’re beginning to hear weird sounds coming from your A/C unit that’s a sign it’s time to have it checked. Letting whatever the issue is, even the smallest of issues, can cause further damage down the road, leading to breakdowns or even worse replacement.

Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix Arizona

In the event your system fails during a hot day, or perhaps you just get back from vacation and your system isn’t running, call Cool Touch immediately so we can get your cool air flowing again. While your waiting for a technician to get there please follow the tips below to keep your family safe.

Tips to Keep Cool in the Event of A/C System Failure:

– Drink water. Be heat safe and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

– Dress for the heat. Get into lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella. If you need to go outside always apply sunscreen to exposed skin. Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.

– Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. Do not workout while waiting to have your A/C unit checked. This will cause your body’s temperature to rise and you want to stay as cool as possible.

– Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home.

– Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.

– Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor.

– Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.

– For a homemade “air conditioning” system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.

– Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning during the hottest hours of the day if the heat becomes unbearable. Libraries, shopping malls, and movie theaters can all be good places to cool down.

– Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and true heat emergencies (heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat stroke). Call emergency services (911) in the event of a heat emergency and try to cool the victim until help arrives.

– Finally, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower will help keep their body temperature down. A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin next to a fan will also help cool the animal. Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

Cool Touch is just a phone call away seven days a week. If your cooling system fails call us immediately so we can get you, your loved ones, and pets into cool air as fast as possible. Your health is important to us and it’s not worth risking it during the Phoenix summer heat. Contact us today to have your system checked by visiting our website at

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