Summer is a great time to move. Unlike moving in the winter, you don’t have to worry about snow or slipping on ice and you can enjoy the warm weather on the way to your new home. However, moving during the summer does come with its own risks. High temperatures increase the risk of dehydration, hyponatremia, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
Overall, it is important to stay safe while moving during the summer. Here are some tips to help you stay safe from heat-related illnesses during your summer move in the hot weather!
The most common ailment caused in hot weather is dehydration. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. On a hot day, it is important to drink adequate amounts of water because you are losing fluids through sweat. To avoid feeling confused, tired, or thirsty, drink between 2 to 3 liters of water throughout the day.
Hyponatremia, also known as water intoxication, is when you drink too much water in relation to solutes in your body in a short time interval. Then, your kidneys fail to excrete the water from the body causing symptoms of nausea, lethargy, fatigue, and confusion. To avoid experiencing hyponatremia, you should drink water consistently through the day instead of all at once. This will keep your internal levels balanced and will give your kidneys ample time to excrete water.
There are two types of heat exhaustion: salt depletion and water depletion. Salt depletion typically occurs over several days when people replace fluids but do not replace salt losses in the body. Symptoms of salt depletion include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle cramps.
Water depletion occurs when you are exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time with insufficient fluid intake. Symptoms of water depletion will appear within hours and may include pale skin, headache, fainting, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.
Heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, is a much more severe form of heat exhaustion in which your body overheats due to prolonged exposure in high temperatures. Heat stroke causes your body to heat to dangerous levels which can kill or damage the brain and other internal organs. You can avoid developing heat stroke by drinking water and taking frequent breaks from physical activity in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Heatstroke is a development of other heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps and fainting so if you experience either of these illnesses, rehydrate and alert others of your condition.
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