We seem to have an official canicule going on this week (heatwave, for the non-froggophones amongst you), prompting the NHS to issue fatuous advice like ‘don’t sit in the car with the windows up’ and ‘think about having a cold drink’. Because apparently if you sit in the car wearing a down jacket and swigging tomato soup from a flask on a day when it’s 34C outside, you’ll get a bit warm. Who knew??
Seriously though, it’s getting almost too hot to sustain human life in some places, so please make sure you’re wearing a hat and sunscreen, and remember to drink plenty of water while you’re out working on site.
The heat is also going to cane your fridges and aircon units, as customers crank everything up to the max, so it’s worth adding a quick ‘domestic appliances for beginners’ module to your show-in patter. So ..
- Don’t turn it right down to 16C when it’s 34C outside, because it will never achieve that temperature and will just run and run until it breaks. 23C will do nicely.
- Close your doors and windows – you are not trying to combat global warming single handedly (or you might be, but this is not the way to do it – think about just recycling your beer bottles like normal people)
- Don’t go out and leave your aircon running all day – it needs a rest. It will only take five minutes to cool the mobile when you get back from the beach later on.
Fridges: those of you with tents on site will probably get this most, because they’re like little saunas during the day.
- Don’t stuff your fridge full of shopping and then expect it to get cold straight away – it needs time, and the air needs space to circulate.
- Don”t turn it up to seven in a bid to chill everything. There still isn’t enough space for the air to circulate and it will just ice up the freezer compartment. Leave it at three/four for optimum cooling.
- Basically, you can’t put a week’s shopping for a family of four in the fridge all at once – either the cheese or the beer is going to have to come out of there!
Lots of your customers will not listen to this sage advice, because they’re on holiday and where’s the pool/bar/minigolf/nudist beach, what’s that silly courier doing wittering about the fridge, etc etc., go away and leave us to open the wine. But some of them will pay attention and it will save wear and tear on your aircon units. And let’s face it, none of us wants to be chasing around after aircon contractors when we could be drinking cold beers out of our well-organised fridges instead.