This summer may become one of the hottest anyone has ever experienced. Travel and Leisure magazine mentions that this summer period will be hot across the US and Canada, in keeping with what we understand about weather patterns. How does a self-storage business manage to deal with the heat and please its customers in such a situation? It’s not nearly as difficult as some would think, but it could mean the difference between life and death in some cases. The CDC notes that extreme heat could cause stress conditions that may lead to sickness or death. Here, we examine the simplest ways to make life easy for your business and the customers that visit.
Keep Everyone Hydrated
Keep water on hand at your main office or nearby in easily accessible bins, preferably with ice inside. If you’re doing lock inspections or just making your way around the storage pod area, carry your own water with you. Try not to stay outside for any significant length of time since direct sunlight may damage your skin. If you notice tenants at their storage pods, make a quick trip to offer them some refreshment. You might need to put out a bit of investment for the initial cost, but you will see returns in how customers appreciate the gesture. The thought goes a long way towards making the client feel accepted.
Prep Your Front Office
Ideally, it would be best if you had air conditioning in your front office. If you don’t, you should consider installing a unit, even a small one that just cools the main office area. Additionally, you should think about the incoming sunlight from the windows. Typically, having sun coming in through the windows is a great feeling, but too much of a good thing could be harmful. The incoming sun can cause glare and make you squint. In horrible conditions, they can even damage your eyes. You can add tint to your windows, but the best solution is to install a set of blinds to stop the sun from coming in whenever you want to.
Be Ready for Outdoors
Even though you shouldn’t go out in the hot sun when you can avoid it, there are times you can’t. In these cases, the best approach is to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions. Use sunscreen, and head protection, even if you might feel silly. It’s better to feel a bit weird instead of getting sunburn or skin cancer. Ensure your eyes are covered with sunglasses to prevent glare and make it easier for you to focus. Ideally, you’d be heading out into the open area in the early morning or late evening to limit the sun’s intensity.
The Sun is Here to Stay
Summer is only for a few months, so we probably won’t have to keep doing this forever. If you have clients that need to move stuff about, you can always supply them with Go Mini’s portable storage pods so that they spend less time in the sun. Keeping out of direct sunlight might seem like overkill, but that’s only because you aren’t aware of how hot it gets. The heat tends to build on itself, and before you know it, you’re dealing with the fallout of heatstroke. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you, your employees, or your clients this summer season by being prepared.