A lot of people like to move during the summertime. It is the most popular time for moving. Kids don’t have to attend school due to their summer holidays and that gives the parents a window to move from one location to the next without disturbing their studies. Summer provides a great opportunity for people who want to move from one place to another. It also means you will have to combat extreme levels of heat and humidity to take advantage of this opportunity. This can make the act of moving from one place to the next a rather hard task.
This is especially true of some individuals more than others. Recent studies have shown that most people can adapt to incremental changes in temperature (up to a point). The people who are more vulnerable to the negative consequences of rapid temperature changes include pregnant women, children, and the elderly. and people with certain hereditary or non-hereditary medical conditions.
Try to find packers and movers when the weather is more forgiving. This may even cost you a little less as packers and movers cost lesser rates for their services when it isn’t peak season. If that is not an option you have, keep reading this article as it will help your move during the peak summer season.
Things to remember while packing and moving during the summer season
Here are a few things that you should absolutely remember while packing and moving from one place to the next during the summer season.
Keep yourself, your family, and your movers hydrated. (Ideally, you want to hydrate every 15 minutes in harsh heat and instruct the same to your movers and family members)
Wear light cotton clothes.
Wear light-coloured clothes.
Try moving early in the morning to avoid harsh summer heat during the afternoon.
Assign a cool place and shady place for the kids and pets. (This place will ideally be away from your house as kids and pets may unknowingly obstruct the flow of your packing and moving)
Apply sunscreen to both yourself and your family 30 minutes before heading outside. (Apply a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.)
You absolutely must avoid alcohol and coffee as these are diuretics and will increase the risk of dehydration in your body.
If you see someone experiencing heat exhaustion, dizziness, nausea, and headaches; don’t take it lightly. These may be early signs of dehydration.
If you or anyone around you experiences signs of dehydration, find a cool environment to rest in. If these signs continue to exist for a long time, seek medical attention.
Wear sunglasses to avoid your eyes from getting damaged by the sun. Just make sure these glasses come with a UV protection label and cover both of your eyes fully.
Make sure you can determine when the UV radiation is strongest in your area through a reliable website.
Make a list of things that you need to keep out of the heat
Transporting your belongings also takes a little bit of extra thought as summer heat may cause them to get damaged or/and damage nearby items. Here is a list of items that easily get damaged when kept in high temperatures.
- Compact Discs and digital versatile discs
- Hand Sanitizers and other alcohol-based products
- Electrical appliances etc.
Make sure to pack and move things like these in an air-conditioned vehicle. If you do not have this facility (Air conditioned moving truck) available, pack and load them last near the rear of the truck. This will ensure that these items don’t damage other items as they will be the first to be unloaded.
Be wary of the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion
If the body is unable to cool itself when exposed to high temperatures, it will start showing signs of heat stroke. Similarly, if a human body has to execute manual labor for an extended time in a hot environment, it will start showing signs of heat exhaustion.
There are a lot of factors that decide the tolerance level of each person. This means that the same condition will affect different people in different ways
Here are a few of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Increased body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle Cramps
There are a lot of similar symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The main difference between these two is that a person suffering from heat exhaustion will have a fever at or below 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A person suffering from heat stroke will have a temperature higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
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A person suffering from these symptoms must be transported to a medical facility immediately. The person suffering from this condition must be cooled off as soon as possible. Do this by removing them from the hot and sunny area and asking them to shed off excess clothing.
Follow the following steps if you can to make sure that the person suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion is alright.
- Place the patient in a cold tub of water.
- Spray cold water on the patient’s body via a garden hose or a shower.
- Rub their body with a sponge containing cold water.
- Fan their body
- Place cold and wet towels or an ice pack over the person’s body.
The summer months are a popular time to move from one location to the next. Your preparation to deal with the heat of the moment and the heat of the climate will dictate how smooth your move will be.
The aforementioned tips will make your move as smooth as possible. We hope that you found this article helpful and informative. Remember to keep yourself hydrated and follow government-mandated precautionary measures.