High temperatures can trigger health problems in many people, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Many people in prison experience physical or mental health issues, which can escalate in high heat. Further, some people are on medications that increase their heat sensitivity, which makes exposure to high temperatures even more dangerous. Inmates in facilities that lack HVACs are at risk of:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
Stir up Violence
Violence is more prominent in the summer, and the same is true in prisons. Prisons that are not air-conditioned and have poor indoor air quality experience more violence than facilities with HVAC systems. If inmates become uncomfortable, they are more likely to be set off or participate in violence.
Makes Inmates Ill
Correctional facilities that lack HVAC systems risk making their inmates sick. This is especially true for inmates with pre-existing conditions. Inmates with asthma or diabetes, as well as those taking medications for hypertension or a psychiatric disorder, may notice their condition worsen due to high temperatures and poor indoor air quality. Even inmates who previously had no health problems may develop them in the conditions of these prisons.
Triggers Health Problems in Staff
Though some prisons maintain air conditioning where members of staff spend most of their time, correctional officers must spend a portion of their shift in inmate quarters. The time spent breathing the same air can trigger the same health problems in staff as it does in inmates, such as asthma and heat stroke.
Keeps Your Facility Filthy
A commercial HVAC system does more than cool your facility. Proper ventilation helps to keep your building clean. You can train staff to change the filters to maintain good indoor air quality. Using a duct airflow measuring device to monitor your system, you can maintain your HVAC for energy efficiency.
The impacts of not having HVACs in jails can be devastating for individuals, families, and employees. Many people get sick from poor indoor air quality, and the health conditions can be lethal. No one is asking that you transform your prison into a five-star hotel, but inmates do have the right to be kept alive and well while they serve their time.