Moving comes with a lot of responsibility. Not only do you need to get everything packed and ready before moving day, but need to make sure you are safe and are being careful while packing and moving items around. Follow these important 10 moving safety tips to ensure maximum care and safety while moving.
- Watch your step
Be very careful when moving stuff and watch your step. The biggest mistake is carrying boxes or items when you can’t see in front of you or where you’re going. It is important not to carry boxes or furniture that’s too big that you can’t see the floor. This is where friends and family come in. Ask a friend or family member to help you move items and ask another person to be your look out guide so you don’t miss your step.
This is especially important if there’s steps in your home so be extra careful in that case. If you don’t have any help, be extra careful.
- Don’t put anything on your head
Never carry an items or boxes on your head. Using your head as a carrier can cause major neck and spinal injuries. Use carrier equipment to move things around or ask for help. Make sure you use your hands to carry and not your head, neck or shoulders.
- Used your legs to lift
Lifting heavy items takes a lot of strength and it is always advisable to use your legs in a squatting position when lifting boxes. This is because your legs have a lot more strength and can balance the weight evenly. If you do this incorrectly, you may injure your back and other body parts. Be very cautious about this.
If you are not sure of the correct position to use when lifting stuff, search online or watch videos for some guidance.
- Wear Gloves
Wear protective gear when moving, use gloves to protect your hands from scratches and deep cuts that may occur during the move. Wearing gloves will also give you a good grip when lifting heavy and slippery items. Get the proper gloves with good protection.
Remember that there’s a wide variety of gloves in store, ask for assistance for the best ones for you.
- Double wrap heavy and fragile items
If you can, double wrap fragile items to maximise protection. This is also just incase something falls, double protection will prevent any major damage. You can use a bubble wrap or a furniture blanket as these offer the best protection for bigger and fragile items.
- Double tape boxes
Double tape all boxes especially the bottom of the boxes. This will ensure maximum security. This is especially important for boxes that have plates, cutlery, glasses etc. Another thing you could do is wrap the plates and glasses in paper before putting them in the box.
- Wear the right clothes and shoes
Depending on the type of stuff you’re moving, some items may require special protective clothes and shoes. Shoes that a lot of movers use are similar to construction shoes that have metal at the front. This is a good protective feature incase something heavy falls on your toes, it’ll just bounce off and not cost you any of your toes.
Protective clothing is great for preventing bruising and scratches while lifting. Don’t make the mistake of getting heavy clothes because not all heavy clothes offer good protection and if the clothes are too heavy, you may feel hot in those and will get tired quickly. Get something light that’ll offer the same protection.
- Use a moving dolly or blankets
A moving dolly should be on top of your list of moving supplies. It will save you a lot of time. There’s different sizes so be sure to buy one that will carry a lot of your items that you won’t be able to move yourself. Also buy a dolly that is good quality and durable.
Blankets are also another option from moving furniture from one room to another. Furniture like a coffee table of washing machine. Just put the blanket under and drag.
- Don’t make boxes too heavy
If the boxes are too heavy, you definitely are looking at injuries. Pack your boxes evenly and keep checking the weight as you pack so you don’t overload the boxes. Don’t pack heavy items in one box and light items in another. Balance the two for better lifting and to prevent your boxes and items from breaking.
When doing this, try not to mix items from 2 different rooms. For instance; don’t put toiletries with plates. Separate all items by room and use the same room items to help with balance of the boxes.
- Keep hydrated
Drink a lot of water on moving day and while packing. You will need it. Keeping yourself hydrated and your stomach full. This will give you more energy. Make sure you eat a good meal and drink water throughout the day while you’re packing and moving. This will ease the long day stress and help you move faster without feeling too tired too quickly.
If you have family or friends over. Prepare a small meal for them too and some refreshments because they will also need the energy to help you.
Being safe on moving day is very important. You have to put your safety first and remember to not rush the process. Be careful when packing and handling packages. Ask family and friends for help if you’re moving yourself. Good protective gear will save you from getting injured and hurt during the process.
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