Moving can be hard. What makes it even harder? Moving in the peak of summer temps. Have a safe summer move and beat the heat with these seven tips.
7 Tips for a Safe Summer Move
Summer is a popular time to move, but it’s also hot. hot. hot! Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure you and your moving crew stay safe.
1. Slow Down
For a safe summer move, slow down. It’s hot, so you’ll need to plan for tasks to take longer than usual. Don’t expect tops speed in hot weather.
2. Start Early
Start as early as possible. Mornings are often cooler than afternoons, so take advantage of the cooler morning temps.
3. Start Hydrated & Stay Hydrated
Hydrate your body before you begin the big day with a full glass of water. And stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water BEFORE you feel thirsty. Avoid caffeinated, sugary drinks such as coffee and energy drinks. They increase water loss and contribute to dehydration.
4. Take Breaks
Don’t work too hard! Take frequent breaks to cool off and rehydrate. They will help you stay energized and feeling good. Also, keep a wet towel around your neck. It will help your body “think” it’s cool.
5. Dress Appropriately
What you wear for moving day is important. Dark clothes absorb sunlight, and heat and tight clothing doesn’t breathe well. Instead, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
6. Protect Your Eyes
Don’t forget the shades! Be sure to protect your eyes from the sun with a good pair of sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection.
7. Apply Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) to protect your skin thirty minutes before heading outside.
Watch for Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Watch for signs that you are overheating. Moving in high temps come with the risk of heat exhaustion. Know the kinds and signs of heat exhaustion so you can take proper action before it becomes too serious.
Types of Heat Exhaustion
There are two types of heat exhaustion, dehydration and salt depletion.
- Signs of dehydration include thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
- Salt depletion signs are nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Other signs of heat exhaustion include
- Dark-colored urine
- Dizziness or fainting
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Cool, moist, pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid, weak heartbeat
Understanding the signs of heat exhaustion will help keep you safe.
How to Treat Heat Exhaustion
Follow these steps if you suspect you or someone else has heat exhaustion.
- Find a cool place to rest immediately.
- Drink cool fluids. (non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated)
- Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool, wet towels to the skin.
- Loosen clothing.
If you don’t feel better in an hour, seek medical attention. Read here for more info on how to treat heatstroke.
Ready for a Safe Summer Move?
Moving in the summer is tough. But you can make it easier and have a safe summer move when you have professionals to help. Let the team at RL Maxon Moving do all the work while you stay safe and cool. Our services include packing, wrapping, storage, loading, and unloading. Take advantage of our full-service moving or choose the level of help you need.
Ready for a safe summer move? Let’s get moving!