Friday, August 1, 2008

Beat the Heat

It's hot, hot, hot in Northwest Arkansas so exercise caution when you are accessing your self storage unit! Most units have insulated ceilings and that does help to keep the heat down a bit but inside your unit the airflow will be restricted and temperatures can rise pretty high.
  • Arrive early in the morning and finish before 11:00 am to beat the worst of the heat. Figure out if your unit gets morning or afternoon shade. If the sun is beating down on your entrance during the first part of the day, you might actually do better working in your unit in the evening.
  • Bring plenty of water. . . and keep drinking it. It doesn't have to be ice cold to be effective. Don't slug down lots of sugary or caffeine filled beverages (including so called "sports drinks.") When you are fighting dehydration and heat you need clean, clear water.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you are inside the unit for very long, step out to get fresh air occassionally. Even a light breeze will cool you down.
  • Wear light colored, cotton clothing. These will absorb less heat from the sun.

Most of all, exercise good common sense. Don't push yourself too much in this sort of heat. Stay cool out there!