Although summer temperatures in North County San Diego are generally quite temperate even in the dog days of summer, you can’t rule out a heatwave now and again. If you’re one of the many families who are packing up and moving before the school year begins, then you need to make sure you’re prepared for hot weather. Moving is hard enough already, and moving on a hot day can make the job that much harder. For that reason, we’ve compiled some great advice on how to keep cool when you’re moving in the summer heat.
Get an early start
The early bird catches the worm – and it also avoids working during the hottest part of the day. If you can’t avoid moving on a hot day, then get an early start. The temperature at 6 am can be as much as 10 degrees cooler than at 11 am.
Drink plenty of water
Your body is 65 percent water, and when it’s very hot outside you lose a lot more water due to perspiration. Water helps to regulate your body temperature and keep your body functioning at peak capacity. Without enough water, your body cannot maintain the stamina you need to complete a move. But how much water is enough? Take your body weight in pounds and divide that in half. The resulting number is how much water you should drink in ounces. Plan to drink even more than that, and try to drink it as cold as possible. Take water breaks frequently and avoid caffeinated beverages, which can actually dehydrate you.
It’s normal to want to get your move over with as soon as possible. But trying to quickly accomplish physical labor on a hot day can be detrimental to your health. Working too hard too fast can cause heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Take breaks frequently and cool off in the shade or in the air conditioning. If you suspect someone is overdoing it, have that person lie down and elevate their legs. Cool them down with a cold compress or by spraying cold water on them. If they have a body temperature above 103 degrees, are disoriented, or become unconscious, then call 911.
Wear light clothes and sunscreen
Don’t worry about being fashionable on the day of your move. Instead, focus on wearing clothes that will keep your body as cool as possible. Wear breathable fabrics like cotton or linen – avoid synthetic fabrics such as rayon or polyester, which will trap heat instead. Choose light-colored clothing, which will reflect the heat instead of dark clothing that will absorb it. Remember to keep a hat and sunglasses accessible – you will need them. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 several times that day. You’ll be sweating, and you want to make sure all your exposed skin is protected from the harsh UV rays of the summer sun.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team
Are you ready to buy or sell a North County San Diego home? Then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We are ready to sit down with your personally to discuss all your real estate needs.