We should get some reprieve from the heat this week, but it's still going to be warm. If you see an increase in moving trucks in the summer, it's not your imagination. 70% of residential moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. If you're going to be moving this summer, the best way to stay cool and safe is to be prepared.
- Stay Hydrated. Plan ahead with a cooler full of water and sports drinks. If possible, have a second cooler (or a refrigerator full of drinks) at your new home so drinks will be cool when you arrive to unload.
- Turn on Utilities. Before you move, make sure the utilities are on and the air conditioning and water are fully functioning before you move in.
- Wear Sunscreen. Even if you'll be in an out of the house all day, our high desert climate can cause a sunburn fairly quickly.
- Pack for the Heat. If you have items (candles, electronics, records) that won't fare well in the heat, move those separately or keep them in a air conditioned vehicle and unload the immediately.
- Start Early. Getting an early morning start to beat the heat. If you'll be moving in the afternoon, make sure you're prepared for the heat.
- Be Kind to Your Movers. If you hire a moving company, realize that they movers are professionals and have likely been working for many days without a break during the busiest moving periods. Cool drinks, breaks and even a meal are much appreciated.
- Plan for Pets. If your pets are typically inside the home, putting them in the backyard on moving day when the temperatures are in the 90s or higher can be stressful at best. Make plans with a neighbor or friend to watch your dogs or even have them boarded for moving day to make sure they're cool and safe.
- Know the Signs of Overheating. Nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, confusion, and muscle spasms are all signs of overheating. If anyone is exhibiting these symptoms during the move, get them into air conditioning, have them drink plenty of fluids and even take a cool shower.