Because summer is such a popular time to move, and because now is the time when people are doing their moves, it’s a good idea to be prepared and know what to do when it’s sweltering hot outside and you have to pack up and start the moving process. We’ve got some great “beat the heat” tips to share.
First, let’s talk about the signs of heat exhaustion. If you suspect that someone has heat exhaustion, the first thing to do is get them out of the heat and into the shade or air-conditioning immediately. Then, if they alert, have them drink cool water or other non-alcoholic/de-caffeinated drinks. Spray them with cool water (shower, water hose, or sponge) and have them lay down and elevate their feet. They should also loosen or remove clothing that may be restrictive. Seek medical attention if the person has a very high, weak pulse rate and rapid shallow breathing; is unconscious, disoriented, has a high temperature; is hyperventilating; or has warm, dry skin.
What are the signs of heat exhaustion:
- heavy sweating
- rapid, weak heartbeat
- feeling faint
- low blood pressure
- low-grade fever
- dark-colored urine
- cool, moist, pale skin
Avoid heat exhaustion with these tips for moving in the heat.
Stay hydrated! In the days leading up to moving day, and on moving day, drink plenty of water. Stay away from alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they can be dehydrating.
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Dark clothes absorb sunlight and heat, and tight fitting clothes don’t allow your skin to breathe. When you are overheated, you will sweat more and dehydrate faster.
Take breaks. Don’t work too hard! Take frequent breaks where you can cool off and rehydrate. These breaks will help you stay energized and feeling good.
Seek out the shade. Whether it is under a tree or the shade of the garage, do as many tasks as you can in the shade. For an added cooling bonus if you can plug in a box fan for some breeze!
Start early. When the summer heat comes, mornings are often cooler. Start as early as possible to take advantage of the cooler temps.
Keep a wet towel on your neck. This helps your body “think” it’s cool.