Tips for Staying Cool During this Extreme Heat!

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With the hottest temperatures of the season set to arrive within the next few weeks, it is important to for your property manager clients to prepare themselves and their buildings!  Extreme heat can stress property management assets beyond their limits. There are a few tips that Property Managers and their tenants can practice to minimize damages as well unplanned repair costs. Encourage them to identify potential problems before they become costly repairs.

Tips for the Building:

  • Run the air conditioning unit before the weather gets too hot. This allows you to test the unit while the temperature is still mild.
  • Check the irrigation and drip systems to make sure they work properly.
  • Change the air filters at least twice a year.
  • Make sure to inspect the caulking around windows and doors regularly to ensure no hot or cold air can enter or escape. Leaks can lead to higher air conditioning costs in summer.

Make sure your property managers are examining all property assets and have a preventive maintenance and repair schedule ready for any item likely to feel the impact of the summer season.

Symptoms & Treatments for Heat Stroke:

Remember, the most important measure in preventing a heat stroke is to avoid becoming dehydrated.  If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke (check our symptoms list below), immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital.  While waiting for the emergency help to arrive, below are a few treatments you should try.

SymptomsTreatments
· Headache, Dizziness, Confusion· Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue· Fan cool air over the patient while wetting his/or skin with water
· High body temperature & lack of sweating· Rapid, shallow breathing·  Apply ice packs to the patients armpits, neck and back
· Muscle cramps & weakness· Red, hot and dry skin· Immerse the patient in a tub of cool water

Be careful, remember to stay indoors if possible and stay hydrated!

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