It’s easy enough to prepare for the heat while on holiday, when you have the time to think about hydration and sunscreen. But back at home, during your regular routine, it can be a frustrating inconvenience, making simple things a lot harder than they should be.
Soaring temperatures with the addition of oppressive humidex readings can put a wrench in a lot of your plans. It can also turn certain tasks into dangerous undertakings, when the sizzling heat and poor air quality threaten heat exhaustion, dehydration, and other health concerns. Any time you plan on doing something physical this summer, you need to take the appropriate precautions to ensure you can do it safely.
That includes packing and unloading your mini storage unit at any of our locations in the GTA. Lifting heavy furniture and wrapping up fragile items can work up a sweat when the mercury is on the rise, and the intense sun and poor air quality create less than ideal conditions for the strenuous work of moving these from one location to another.
Heat- and sunstroke will be your primary concern this summer. If you don’t take the time to rest and hydrate during these conditions, you can put undue pressure on your body. Too much time sweating in high temperatures can result in headaches, dizziness, and exhaustion. Particular severe cases of heat- and sunstroke can even warrant a trip to the hospital.
While we ensure strict environmental controls on-site to keep our facilities to remain cool and conditioned regardless of how hot it gets outside, we don’t control the weather. (Go Figure!). We also can’t do anything about your home or place of business from where you’re coming. What we can do is help you ensure your move into or out of our facilities goes as smoothly as possible. That’s why we’ve developed a simple, yet effective, tips for your summertime self storage experience.
1. Remember to hydrate – Moving boxes, furniture, and other heavy items takes a lot of muscle, and when the mercury is breaking 40° Celsius, it’ll produce a lot of sweat too. Make sure you replenish by taking frequent hydration breaks. Bring along a chilled water bottle or sport drink on the day of your move.
2. Wear appropriate clothing – We probably don’t have to tell you to wear your shorts and t-shirt for your move-in day. We’re naturally inclined to show off as much skin as possible during the month of August, but it’s not always the wisest move. Less clothing means more of our sensitive skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure to wear breathable, flexible, and light-coloured clothing that covers as much of your skin as you feel comfortable. We recommend active wear because of its lightweight material that wicks away sweat from the surface of your skin.
3. Stay away from the sun – In the same vein as our previous point, we recommend that you think about proper sun protection on the day that you move in or out of your unit. While you’ll be spending most of your time indoors, the amount of time you spend outside may be surprising. You’ll soak up more rays than you think by simply walking to and from your house and your truck. Save your skin by applying sunscreen (with a SPF of 30 or higher) and wearing a hat.
These tips may seem obvious, but their importance lies in their effectiveness – not how easy they are to follow. Simple though they may be to add to your day, they can significantly reduce the chances of overexerting yourself this summer, even when you push your body to the limit. Keep these tips in mind when you’re moving into (or out of) one of our mini self storage units, and don’t forget to speak with one of our representatives should you have any questions about your move. We’re here to help.