Moving Safety Tips
Moving can be a chaotic, expensive, and if you’re not careful, a painful experience. Hiring professional movers is always advised, as they are trained and accustomed to performing these sometimes complicated and dangerous moving tasks on the daily basis. However if you decide to do it yourself, you will need to plan extensively and take necessary precautions to ensure a successful, injury-free relocation process. If you don’t take the proper precautions and follow these moving safety tips, you can put yourself at risk for serious injuries such as falls, pulled muscles or broken bones.
Do some light stretching exercises before you begin hauling your furniture and boxes out to the moving truck. This will relax your muscles and get them ready for the heavy lifting.
Know your limit
Never take on more than you can handle, if something feels too heavy to lift safely, then it probably is. It is always best to ask for assistance than risk an injury that will jeopardize the entire moving process. All it takes is one slip or trip, and you could break a bone.
Use moving tools
Dollies, hand trucks and moving straps can all make lifting and carrying heavy items and furniture much easier. You can rent these tools from any moving supply retailer.
Do not over pack your boxes; this may make them too heavy and difficult to handle potentially damaging items inside and or causing injury to the handler. Using similarly sized and weighted boxes makes stacking for hauling to the truck and packing into the truck much easier and simpler. For more information on packing please read our helpful tips here.
When lifting a box or piece of furniture, always spread your legs apart and bend at the knees, never at the waist. Always keep your back straight and upright and lift with your legs, not with your back. Stand up slowly and hold the item close to your body while carrying it. If you have to turn, turn with your feet not your hips.
Ask friends/family for help
Enlisting the help of a few friends or extended family members to lighten the load is a great way to avoid injuries on moving day. Provide food and beverages to keep them fed, hydrated and happy.