With the warm weather approaching, many of us need to take extra care while working outside. If you’re tackling a move this summer, taking extra precautions in the summer heat is important. At You Move Me, we have experience managing crews outdoors year round throughout Canada and the United States. To help you get your move and other outdoor projects done safely this summer, we have compiled our top tips for staying cool in the heat.
Don’t expect top speeds in hot weather. Plan for tasks to take longer than usual, and for everyone on your team to take frequent breaks in the shade. Over time, your body will start to acclimatize to the heat, but start off slowly and work your way up.
Make a plan
Keep in mind it’s usually coolest in the morning, so try to schedule the most strenuous tasks for earlier in the day.
Start the day well hydrated
Drink plenty of water BEFORE you feel thirsty. Avoid beverages with extra caffeine or sugar, such as energy drinks and coffee, as they increase water loss and contribute to dehydration.
Don’t be afraid to ask for water. If you’re out in the heat without water, go into a nearby restaurant or shop and ask to fill up your water bottle. Freezing a few water bottles the night before will ensure you have cool water handy throughout the day. Bring these and bring along your regular unfrozen water bottle at the start of the job.
You can eat your water too; watermelon, cucumbers, celery and green peppers are all healthy snacks with very high water content.
Wear loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, and a brimmed hat in a breathable fabric. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin 20 minutes before you head out.
Protect your eyes
Sunglasses aren’t just for looking cool. Make sure your glasses provide UVA and UVB protection.
Pay attention to your number ones.
The first signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-coloured urine.
Watch for symptoms
Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and stop work right away if you feel overheated. To help cool yourself down, place cold compresses behind your neck and run your forearms under cold water.