Summer fever as begun and it’s the most desirable time to move! Moving is hard work but it’s very important to put your health first especially when moving in the summertime. Heat exhaustion, cramps and stroke are the most common types of heat related illness. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of each while in the hype of moving.
Heat exhaustion: occurs after too much exposure to high temperatures and development of dehydration. Sign and symptoms to look out for include: confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, nausea, pale skin, profuse sweating, and rapid heart beat.
- Move into air conditioning or a shaded area
- Drink water or sport drinks, with added electrolytes such as Gatorade, and a snack that contains salt
- Apply cool water to you body to help reduce core body temperature.
- Heat cramps: occur when muscles are fatigued by heavy work in a hot environment. An individual is most at risk is doing tasks they are not used to performing causing heavy perspiration and imbalance of fluids in the body. Muscle spasms are involuntarily, painful, but brief.
- Move to a resting place that has air conditioning or at least shaded
- Drink water or a sports drink with electrolytes such as Gatorade
- Heat stroke: this is the most serious heat injury that can cause brain damage or death if not treated. Heat stroke is a combination of severe dehydration and prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Signs and symptoms to watch for include: fainting, temperature above 105 degrees fahrenheit, headache, lack of sweating despite the heat, muscle weakness, vomiting and nausea, shallow breathing, disorientation, seizures, and unconsciousness.
- If medical attention is needed immediately call 911 or transport the individual to the hospital
- Move individual to a cool place with shade
- Remove any restrictive or unnecessart clothing
- Place a cold item such as an ice pack or frozen vegetables on the individuals neck, back, groin, and armpits to cool body
Prevention of a heat related injury is very important on move day for both you and your moving company.
- Make sure you are keeping hydrated with water or sport drinks such as Gatorade throughout the day to keep your fluid and electrolytes in balance. Caffeinated beverages like pop will increase your risk for dehydration
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing so that your body stays cool and perspiration will evaporate quickly. Your clothes should also be light in color so the sun is not attracted to you
- Schedule your move either early in the morning or later in the evening so the sun is not directly above you and the moving crew