Are you planning a local Bay Area move this summer? While it’s the most popular time for people to move and sell homes, it’s also the hottest time of year. Moving from one home to another in extreme heat and high levels of humidity can be dangerous. Reduce the potentially harmful effect the heat can have on your health and moving experience by following the below steps.
KEEP YOUR HEALTH IN CHECK WHEN MOVING IN WARM WEATHER
If you plan carefully, you can prevent heat-related illnesses. Below are several tips for staying safe in the summer heat, which you should apply during your move:
- Hydrate every 15 minutes
- Get started early and move in the morning when it’s cooler
- Wear sunscreen, at least SPF 30, to protect your skin from UV rays. If you are moving throughout the day, make sure to reapply the sunscreen.
- Don’t drink coffee or alcohol, which can increase your risk of severe dehydration
- Pay attention to any potential signs of heat exhaustion, including confusion, dizziness, nausea, and headaches
- If you are experiencing heat exhaustion, find shade or go inside where it’s cool and seek medical attention
- Where oversized sunglasses that have UV protection.
- Move when the sun isn’t as intense, and the UV radiation is lower.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO DRESS IN COOL CLOTHES WHEN MOVING DURING HOT MONTHS
Make sure you wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat. The fabric of your clothes must be breathable. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin at least 20 minutes before going outside.
KEEP CERTAIN BELONGINGS OUT OF THE HEAT
You also need to be careful when transporting your belongings during the summer months. Some items will be more vulnerable to high temperatures than others. To prevent damages, take extra care when packing the following items:
- Cassettes or VHS tapes
- Cleaning products
- Electronics, including laptops, cameras, smartphones, and tablets
The above items should be moved in your car, with the air conditioner on. If you aren’t driving to your new home, pack them near the rear of the truck, so they are the first to be unloaded.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE AND EXHAUSTION?
When the body is unable to cool itself down adequately, heat stroke and heat exhaustion can occur. Tolerance levels vary for each person so that the same weather conditions can affect people in different ways. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke may include:
- Flushed skin
- Increased body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle cramps
- Weakness and fatigue in muscles
Symptoms for heat stroke and heat exhaustion are similar. The main difference between the two is that heat exhaustion will often result in a fever at or below 104 degrees Fahrenheit. However, heat stroke will result in a temperature higher than 104 degrees.
WORK DURING THE LEAST HOT HOURS
The middle of the day is the hottest. UV rays are typically strongest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To avoid working in the dead of heat, start early and take a break until temperatures cool down. Many professional residential moving companies will prefer to start early in the morning.
WHAT TO DO IF A PERSON IS EXPERIENCING HEAT STROKE OR HEAT EXHAUSTION?
If you witness someone experiencing any of the above symptoms, send them to a medical facility. The patient should also get out of the sun and away from the heat. Remove any excess clothing on the person. The Mayo Clinic recommends cooling the person down with cold water, examples below:
- Put the person in a tub of cold water
- Have the person take a refreshing shower
- Spray the person with a garden hose
- Sponge the person down with fresh water
- Fan the person while misting them with cool water
- Place cold, wet towels or ice packs on the person’s head, neck, armpit, or groin
TAKING CARE OF PETS IN THE HEAT
If you’re moving with pets, you want to look out for them as well in the heat. When the temperature outside is hot, it can be harder to keep the inside cool. If you have a pet at home, keep fans or the air conditioner on and the doors closed. Also, make sure your pet has plenty of water and access to shade if they go outside. Similar to people, different breeds of dogs are less tolerant of heat. For example, older, obese, or short-nosed dogs are less tolerant of heat. Check with your vet when you know a heat wave is coming on.
CAN THE HEAT BE DANGEROUS?
Overheating, especially during the summer months, can be deadly. For that reason, it’s essential to take extreme caution when moving during the summer months. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of more than 600 heat-related deaths a year from 1999-2010.
If you’re moving this summer, make sure you and the ones helping you move take proper precautions.
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