If a heatwave is expected to occur on the day that you will be moving house, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that the weather doesn't have a negative impact on the moving process.
Use the services of a removalist company
Carrying heavy boxes and bulky pieces of furniture can be physically challenging at the best of times; however, it can be particularly difficult during a bout of very hot weather.
If you try to move house without professional assistance in these conditions, there is a risk that you could become dehydrated or develop heatstroke at some point during the process (as performing strenuous physical work in hot weather can not only lead to extreme perspiration but can also cause a person's core body temperature to rise to dangerously-high levels).
If you develop heat stroke or become very dehydrated, you may have to put your house move on hold until you have recovered.
As such, it is best to seek out the help of a local removalist if you need to move during this type of weather. Professional removalists have a wide range of lifting tools and equipment that allow them to carry large pieces of furniture and heavy boxes in and out of their van quickly and easily, even if the temperatures outside are very high.
Take steps to stay cool whilst you move
Whilst hiring a team of removalists to assist you will drastically reduce your chances of developing heat-related illnesses during the moving process, it will not completely eliminate the risk of this happening, particularly if you intend to help the removalists load and unload the van.
Because of this, it is important to make a concerted effort to keep your body cool throughout this experience. If you do not, and as a result of this, you become overheated or dehydrated, there is a chance that you could become extremely dizzy or faint at an inopportune moment (as both dehydration and heat stroke can cause these types of symptoms).
If, for example, these symptoms develop when you're carrying a box down a set of stairs or whilst you're holding a fragile object (such as a mirror), you could end up falling and injuring yourself and breaking the items that you were holding.
To prevent this from happening, you should invest in a large cool box and fill it with bottled water (to keep you hydrated) and ice-packs (you can press these against your skin to quickly cool yourself down).
Additionally, you may want to buy a handheld, battery-operated fan that you can carry with you and use as a cooling device if you start to feel overheated.