Moving Safety Tips to Avoid Injuries When Moving
It is essential to learn a basic understanding of the fundamental moving safety if you have decided to choose to pack and move on your own.
Lifting and carrying large and heavy objects is dangerous when done incorrectly. It is important to prepare for this tough task to ensure safety on your moving day.
If you fail to implement strict safety measures during the most chaotic and unpredictable day of the entire house move, then the day of your move may prove to be rather dangerous.
Don’t add to that tally during your move. Here are five moving safety tips to keep you, and your possessions, safe.
Don't try to do it all at once. Just follow these five moving safety tips.
1) Prepare your path
First of all, you need to make sure you’re prepared. That starts with having a first aid kit handy throughout the moving period, not buried in the bottom of one of five boxes labeled “miscellaneous.” You should be able to treat any minor scrapes and cuts immediately.
Next, you’ll have to secure the physical pathway from your home to your waiting vehicle. Make sure all trip hazards are cleared away. If you’re moving out of a crowded multiunit building, alert your neighbors so they can be conscientious of the route, and use the service stairs or elevator if your building has them. The less chance you have to bump into other people or objects, the better.
2) Use safe lifting techniques
Once you’re ready to start moving, make sure to stretch well.
Without a doubt, the safest way to move house is to let experienced professionals handle it all, including all the heavy lifting. However, if you feel positive that you can manage that challenging task on your own, then it’s critical that you follow these safety tips for moving heavy objects to avoid injuries during a move.
3) Carry carefully, and smartly
As you carry objects across a clear path, don’t overexert yourself. Carry only what you can comfortably manage and make more trips if you need to. Walk slowly and maintain clear lines of sight whenever you can, holding boxes close to your body.
Also, make use of tools to help you out as much as possible. Hand trucks, dollies, glides, and straps were invented just for this purpose. Take advantage of them whenever you can.
4) Double tape all box bottoms
As a general rule, most cardboard boxes should not be packed with more than 50-60 pounds worth of household items. Make a mental note not to overpack your boxes or you’ll run the risk of property damage and possible personal injury if a box breaks under its own weight.
To be on the safe side, use quality packing tape to strengthen the bottom and the sides of each packing box before filling it up.
5) Share the load.
Hopefully, you’re not moving by yourself. At the bare minimum, large, disassembled furniture pieces often require two people to carry them. Give your moving assistants gentle encouragement and advice to take care of themselves. If they’re exhausted, they might take shortcuts that will put you both at risk.
Communicate clearly when you’re carrying something together. Talk about how you expect to maneuver the piece, and take breaks if either of you gets physically, or emotionally, tired.
When you pass an object to another person, do not let go until you’re certain they can accept the weight. Seek verbal confirmation to make sure it doesn’t get dropped.
6) Wear suitable clothes and shoes
When it comes to moving day safety tips, one thing you should keep in mind is that wearing the wrong type of clothes and shoes, especially footwear, could lead to accidents and injury during the move.
Dress appropriately for the occasion. Wear comfortable clothes made of flexible and breathable fabric. Avoid baggy clothes that may easily get hooked onto something.
Do not wear flimsy flip-flops or high-heels, opt for sports shoes or boots with great traction and anti-slip soles.
7. Take extra precautions when driving.
If you’ve rented a moving truck and you’re driving it yourself, chances are you aren’t used to the size of such a vehicle. Know the height of your truck, plot out your route in advance, and make sure that there are no low bridges or overhangs on the way. Pay special attention to any tight corners and alleys you’ll have to navigate. If it’s possible, choose a low-traffic time to arrive at your new home in case there are any last-mile issues.