Warm temperatures and humidity can be a challenging combination for do-it-yourself summer movers.
The elements can take a toll on our bodies and bring with them the threat of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Before you slip into the driver’s seat, experts recommend movers take a few precautions to help you and your loved ones beat the summer heat.
We have assembled some tips for your summer travel pre-trip checklist.
Extreme Heat Tips
Periods of extreme heat – two or more days of high humidity and temperatures greater than 90 – can occur anywhere, and these conditions pose an increased threat to the very young, elderly and those with physical challenges.
If a heat emergency is declared in your area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends taking these steps:
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Wear light clothing
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Never leave people or pets in a closed vehicle
When outside, locate shady areas and wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
It is important to pay attention to any changes in your physical condition to identify early warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
• Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs.
• Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.
• Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
• Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
• Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) indicated by an oral thermometer; red, hot and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; and unconsciousness.
• Actions: Call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.
Level Up Your Hydration Routine
Hydration is important to help the body keep cool. We have some creative ways to increase your water intake.
Eat your water. Certain fruits and vegetables are water-rich.
Bored with plain water? Add fruits like lemons and limes to flavor your water.
Miss the fizz of soda? Try sparkling water.
Schedule your water intake around the natural breaks in your day.
Bring Your Own Bottle for quick fill-ups at water fountains or truck stops instead of purchasing bottled water.
Freeze water bottles to use as a way to cool off during the intense heat of the day, and then drink it as the ice melts.
Planning a summer move? It’s not too late.
Penske Truck Rental offers free unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rentalwebsitefor more information.
By "Move Ahead" Staff