Those of us who live in Florida and other sub-tropical areas are accustomed to dealing with many issues that come with sub-tropical living; heavy humidity, intense heat and daily rains. All of these weather phenomena can play a factor when it comes time to move. Humidity and heat can be overcome by staying hydrated and taking an occasional break in a nice cool environment. (Many thanks to our clients who like to keep their homes cool on those blisteringly hot days!) Rain, however, is a different story. Aside from simply waiting it out, there’s not too much that can be done until the rain lets up.
In the case of a light rain or drizzle, we’ll often add a second blanket of an already-prepped item while we carry it out to the truck to keep it nice and dry. However, once we move past a light rain into a standard afternoon deluge, we’ll typically move back into the home and continue prepping the other items until the rain subsides a bit. While our team can often work miracles when it comes to moving certain items or clearing a home in record time, we still haven’t quite mastered the art of weather manipulation. (Yet!)
On days when there’s no rain but high temperatures and humidity, our crews will still exercise caution. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can be a very real problem in our climate. Consequently, we insist that our teams have plenty of liquids and that they take the appropriate breaks to keep reasonably cool.
- Faintness or dizziness.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin.
- Weak, rapid pulse.
- Pale or flushed face.
- Muscle cramps.
- Weakness or fatigue.
Our staff members aren’t the only ones at risk of suffering heat exhaustion; our clients can fall prey to it as well! Moving a home can be a tall order and often a homeowner will be working right alongside our staff to take care of certain things themselves. They also need to be aware of the dangers of extreme temperatures.
So if you’re moving locally in Naples, FL or in Barrington, NH or anywhere else, pay attention to what the weather is doing. Not only can it affect your move, it can affect YOU! So be safe, stay hydrated and keep cool!