Who is at risk?

When it comes to heat stroke, we are all at risk.  That being said, there are certain people that will be more vulnerable to getting heat stroke and much more quickly.  Generally, infants, toddlers, and young children will be at risk of heat stroke due to the fact that their central nervous systems have not yet fully developed.  Likewise, people that are of retirement age or older, will be at an increased risk for heat stroke due to the fact that their nervous systems will have started to deteriorate making it much more difficult for their bodies to regulate extreme temperatures.  One of the factors that add to the risk of both of these particular groups being vulnerable would be the fact that they often are not able to stay hydrated without assistance. You should be sure to check on these two groups of people often to make sure that they are taking every precaution.  

People who are moving into Tucson from a cooler area may also be more susceptible to heat stroke as they are not used to the climate and may not have given themselves adequate time to acclimate to such intense heat.  Not being used to the climate as well as the physical exertion of moving is definitely strenuous enough to cause people to suffer from heat stroke.

There are also medications that can make you more likely to suffer from heat stroke.  Heart medications, diuretics, antidepressants, and antipsychotics are just a few types of medications that can make it more difficult to stay hydrated and then, in turn, make you feel the effects of heat stroke more quickly and intensely.  If you have a chronic disease or are obese, it would be advisable to hire a local Tucson moving company to take care of your move so that you can stay calm, cool and hydrated, while professionals take care of all of your moving needs.

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

One of the first signs of heat stroke is feeling extremely hot.  If you have a temperature of 104 or higher, you have heat stroke and should be tended to immediately.  You may also feel nauseous or start vomiting, your skin will flush and often times you will get a headache from dehydration.  You should also be aware that heat stroke can cause mental and behavioral symptoms such as agitation, slurred speech, seizures, confusion, and irritability.  Sometimes, the first sign that people have of heat stroke is that their heart rate starts racing.  

If you or someone with you presents with any of these symptoms, it is important that you don’t try to “tough it out,” but rather, that you seek treatment immediately.  Get into a cool environment and try to cool your body off using wet washcloths or a cool shower and have someone call 911 so that you can get to the emergency room and seek professional treatment as soon as possible.  

Helpful tips to prevent heat stroke

In order to prevent heat stroke, you need to be prepared.  You should always wear loose-fitting and breathable clothing, and avoid wearing layers.  You will also want to wear sunscreen that is SPF 25 or higher. You should also be aware that since you will be sweating, you should be applying sunscreen more often than the recommended of reapplying every two hours.  Also, you should be very liberal in your application, as the Tucson sun can be quite intense.  

Drink plenty of water!  Staying hydrated is the key during those hot Tucson days.  If you were to call a local Tucson moving company and asked for one piece of advice about moving during a hot day, they would advise you to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day as it will help your body sweat, which in turn will help to regulate your body temperature.

If you are new to the area, it is worth trying to arrive a few days ahead of your moving truck if at all possible so that you are able to acclimate to the heat in Tucson.  A few days is the very least, in fact – most experts would advise giving yourself a few weeks, but that is not always something you can do. Plan on doing the bulk of your move in the morning, even if it takes a few days, just so that when the hottest times of the days reach, you are able to sit inside with air conditioning, preferably, and then you can keep hydrating and rest for the following days.  

The most important advice to give you while you are moving in Tucson is to listen to your body.  If you are not feeling well, then it is best not to push yourself. Honestly, the most effective way to prevent heat stroke is to avoid it completely, by…


If you can afford it, it is well worth it to hire a moving company that knows the area and what to expect.  There are companies that will cater to your needs and leave you to take care of yourself. Moving does not need to be as hard as people make it out to be.  Spend a few dollars and go explore your new home town!

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