Heat illness

Stay cool, the summer heat is here

Everyone complains about the bitter cold in the winter, but it seems like the air in your car is already cranked to full power and just walking the dog is a sweaty ordeal. But the heat can be more than just inconvenient — it can be costly. Here’s what you need to know to keep your cool this summer.

Keep an eye on your furry friends 

Pets overheat quickly when it’s hot, so make sure to have plenty of fresh water available and keep them inside when it’s hot. If it’s too warm for you, it’s too warm for them. And never leave them in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

Know the signs of heat-related illness 

It’s hard to get your kids to listen during a rousing game of kickball, but keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • A fast or weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Drinking plenty of water and replenishing electrolytes can help you avoid overheating, but be mindful — a body temperature above 103 degrees F and rapid pulse can indicate heat stroke, which can be deadly.

If you notice signs of heat exhaustion, lie down, shed layers of clothing, apply cool compresses to your body, and sip water. If heat stroke symptoms are present, call 911 immediately.

Mind your machines

It’s like clockwork — as soon as the mercury hits 90 degrees, the central air goes out. Equipment breakdown in your home or on the farm isn’t just a hassle; it can be dangerous, especially to animals, the elderly, and the very young.

Make sure to have your units thoroughly cleaned and serviced before the start of the season — from the coils to the compressor — before you put it through a long hot summer of hard work. It’s important that the appliances and equipment that run your home remain in tip-top shape.


Keep it cool with Grinnell Mutual

With homeowners’ equipment breakdown coverage, you’ll have access to specialists who will find services for the fast repair or replacement of your critical equipment. Contact an independent agent to see if your home equipment is covered.


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