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Moving Tips: Preventing heat exhaustion during a summer move

Heat exhaustion is a serious risk for summer movers.

Heat exhaustion is a serious risk for summer movers.

Many people move during the summer, and it is important to be aware that packing and moving to a new dwelling can be a task that is very strenuous and stressful on the body. With this in mind, it is important that you take precautions so heat doesn't become a major factor and no one gets sick or injured.

Heat exhaustion is a risk when doing anything in high temperatures, and avoiding this starts at being well-hydrated. By drinking a good amount of water in the days building up to the move, as well as keeping a plentiful amount of fluids around later on, will help tremendously. Also, avoiding alcohol during this period will help prevent dehydration, as these beverages can take significant amounts of fluids out of a person quite rapidly.

In addition, when taking part in the moving process, keep an eye on the weather and be aware that you may not be able to move boxes and other items at the speed and frequency that you would during cooler weather. Moving large items in the evening after the heat breaks could be better.

There are many other precautions that you can take to be sure that the chances of falling ill are minimal. First off, keeping both the old home and the new home air conditioned during the move can help. Having the windows covered may make the inside of the home cooler, as well. This can help if a person is feeling too warm and needs a place to cool down and drink fluids. Wearing light-colored clothes that do not restrict a person and are not particularly heavy can also help in a person keeping their body temperature at normal levels.

If a person doesn't feel well, it is very important that they take a break as long as they need. While children and the elderly are most prone to heat exhaustion, it doesn't mean that anyone else is immune. Nausea, headache, tiredness, pale skin or sweating profusely are just some of the signs of heat-related illness.

Moving to a new place is stressful for every family member, so when doing this in the summer, it is very important to ensure that all involved are safe. Taking precautions will make the process easier for everyone.