5 Safety Tips When Moving
When it’s time to move, some people will hire professional movers to help them transport their belongings from one home to another. Other people will prefer taking care of everything on their own, with a few friends or with the family, with the hope of saving some money.
Unfortunately, these people can end up hurting themselves during the move. Whether you decide to hire movers or to move your furniture and your boxes on your own, your safety should be at the top of your concerns. Here are 5 safety tips you should follow.
- Avoid packing heavy boxes
As you are packing, you might be tempted to fill your boxes with as many items as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good idea. If your boxes are too heavy, they will be more difficult to lift up and to carry, even if you hire professional movers.
Packing many small boxes that are light and easy to carry is a better idea than packing huge, heavy boxes. No one likes having to struggle with heavy boxes, especially if they have to carry them up and down many flights of stairs.
- Know how to lift properly
Even if your boxes are not too heavy, it’s important to be aware of the proper lifting technique. Lifting boxes and pieces of furniture is much easier, and less dangerous when you know how to do it the right way.
Instead of bending down and lifting a box with your back, bend your knees, and lift the box with your legs. Lifting things this way will be easier, and you will not be risking lower back injuries that will slow you down, or even cost you a lot of money.
- Wear protective gloves
Have you ever wondered why many professional movers wear gloves when they work? It’s quite simple: they want to protect their hands from cuts, splinters, and other wounds while they are lifting boxes and furniture. You should consider doing the same.
Cotton gloves can do the trick, but you can also choose sturdy leather gloves. Wear gloves when you lift and carry your belongings, and don’t hesitate to use other protective equipment, as well as moving equipment that can help you carry heavy items.
- Take care of obstacles
Another way to prepare yourself for your move, or for the arrival of the movers you hired, is to go through your home and to take a close look at floors, stairs, doorways, and walkways. Remove any item that might cause a slip and fall accident, and take care of any other obstacle you find.
Tape down the edges of the carpet if necessary, and do something about any loose stone you notice in the walkway. Notify everyone involved in the move of any dangerous obstacle you cannot remove, to make sure no one will trip on them and hurt themselves, or break something.
- Keep your children and pets away
Finally, if you have children or pets, make sure they will not get in your way as you carry heavy objects. If you can’t find anyone to babysit your young children or to take care of your pets, you will need to find a way to keep them from running around you and making you trip.
Keeping your dog or your cat in a cage while you move will keep them safe. As for your children, if they are too young to help out with the move, try to keep them occupied. Install them in front of their favorite movie, or give them some crayons and a coloring book.