July 5, 2013 3:31 PM
Temperatures are soaring across the United States. Death Valley, California, got up to 129 degrees. Yuma, Arizona, registered 118 degrees. While temperatures in Las Vegas soared to 117, over the next couple of days they will drop down to a mere 110.
A recent University of Montana study said that heat stroke causes nearly 1,000 deaths every year. It's important to keep yourself and your family well-hydrated. And, it's really good customer service if you can offer ways to help your customers cool off while they are moving their belongings into or out of your self storage facility.
Here are 10 things that you could offer your customers to help them cool off. Most of these ideas are very cheap or not very expensive.
- Have several coolers filled with ice and bottles of water or cans of soda pop. Give the drinks to customers throughout the day.
- Hand out popsicles.
- Have a watermelon bust. Keep melons in a fridge or ice chest to keep them cold before slicing and giving to customers.
- Give free Ice cream cones or ice cream sandwich bars.
- Go to a dollar store and get a lot of small spray bottles. Fill them with ice cubes and water. Hand out to customers so they can spray mists of cool water on themselves.
- Because there are a lot of blood vessels in the neck, this is one area that people should pay attention to when trying to keep cool. Go to a dollar store or craft store and get inexpensive kerchiefs. Give them to customers to wear under their hat to keep the sun off the back of their neck while they are moving. Suggest that customers get the kerchiefs wet because wet kerchiefs really help to cool off the back of the neck.
- Get one or two kiddie wading pools. Fill them with ice and water. Encourage customers to take off their footwear and stand in the cold water for a few minutes. Have towels handy for them to dry their feet. Make sure you change the water often.
- Make fruit smoothies and give them to customers. Get a variety of berries, low fat yogurt or milk, bananas, pineapples, and other local fruits that are available. Put some fruit, ice, yogurt/milk/water, sugar to taste, and blend until smooth.
- Make icees - this is a little bit cheaper than fruit smoothies. Get 3-liter bottles of strawberry soda pop. Fill blender with ice cubes and soda pop. Blend until smooth. You could also get large canisters of sweetened Kool-Aid to use as flavoring for the icees instead of soda pop.
- Serve Orange Julius drinks. Make them by blending 1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, ¼ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 10 to 12 ice cubes until smooth.
"Experts discuss dangers of heat exhaustion after scout master's death." Fox 13 News; 10 June 2013.
"Know Your Body's Quick-Cooling Spots." Lifehacker; 25 June 2010.
"How to Avoid Heatstroke." New York Times; 29 July 2009.