June 20 marks the official start of the summer season. As the season transitions from spring to summer, you can expect warmer temperatures and shorter days. The scorching-hot temperatures associated with this time of year, however, can make outdoor activities like storage auctions uncomfortable. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should postpone your storage auctions until fall, rather you should take some simple precautions to ensure you are cool and comfortable.
Dangers of the Summer Heat
Attending storage auctions during the summer may sound harmless enough, but depending on the weather (and other factors) it can increase the risk of heat-related illness, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Our bodies are designed to cool off through perspiration. Moisture from within our bodies captures heat, transferring it away from our bodies in the form of sweat. Normally, it does a pretty job at accomplishing this task, but exposure to excessive heat may overwhelm this natural defense mechanism to the point where it’s unable to regular core temperatures.
Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
The golden rule of working outdoors during the summer heat is to wear loose-fitted clothing. “Muscle” shirts and similar right-fitted clothing will make it harder for your body to cool down, as it traps your body’s heat, preventing it from escaping. On the other hand, loose-fitted clothing has the opposite effect: it encourages heat to dissipate away from your body by allowing your body to breathe more easily.
Wear Moisture-Wicking Clothing
In addition to loose-fitting clothing, you should also wear moisture-wicking clothing. Moisture-wicking clothing lives up to its namesake by wicking moisture away from your body. This is in stark contrast to fabrics and materials like cotton and wool, both of which have a tendency to absorb moisture. Polyester, however, encourages perspiration to flow away from your body, sending thermal heat along with it. You can find moisture-wicking clothing available for sale at most athletic and sports stores.
Take Breaks to Cool Off
Even if you wear the right type of clothing, it’s still a good idea to take regular breaks by going indoors to cool off. If the self-storage facility has a front office, perhaps you can spend 5-10 minutes cooling off here. If the facility doesn’t have a front office — or if the office isn’t climate-controlled — you can always cool off by sitting in your car. The bottom line is that you need to take regular breaks to cool off and prevent heat-related illness.