While moving, it is very important to not forget to take the proper precautions. Moving injuries are more common than you might think. Lifting boxes and furniture is tiring work, and if you don’t use proper body mechanics and special moving equipment, the chances of an injury, dramatically increases. We have put together a list of six tips, to protect you from common moving injuries so you will stay injury-free throughout your move.
Right lifting techniques to avoid injuries
Usually, the technique makes the biggest difference when it comes to avoiding back injuries during a move. Pay attention to your body, and if something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately. There is the old saying “lift with your knees, not your back”. What that means is, to bend at the knees and keep your back straight. A back brace can also provide support and helps maintain proper lifting technique. Carry items close to your body and take your time, lifting and walking slowly. It is very useful to stretch your body before and after carrying or lifting. It’s important to know your limits and not lift anything outside of your comfort zone, and do not attempt to carry things that feel too heavy for you. Remember: using a specialty moving service is the safest bet if you have large, oddly shaped belongings like a piano. You can actually hire movers just to do the heavy lifting. They can make sure all of your large, unwieldy, or heavy furniture make it to your final destination, unbroken.
Wrapping sharp objects during moving
It’s amazing how many sharp objects are in a home. Protect yourself from sharp edges by wrapping up these types of items in packing paper and/or bubble wrap. Not to properly wrap up and secure sharp objects like knives, gardening supplies, etc., can lead to cuts while you’re packing and unpacking. For extra protection, roll the wrapped item up in a dish towel, securing it with a rubber band.
Proper clothes to avoid injuries
Wearing the right clothing when moving can help protect your delicate epidermis. Try to keep as much of your skin covered as possible. Jeans are a great option for the lower half, since the material is rugged. Also, wear moving gloves, with special grips, to keep items like glass or mirrors from slipping out of your grasp. Closed-toe shoes are a must on moving day.
Make your exit routes as safe as possible
There’s a good chance you’ll come across a few rough edges while you’re packing up and moving. Make sure all hallways, paths, stairs, and outside areas are clear, so that you can walk through without having to worry about any obstacles. Do an inspection tour along the route you intend to use to move your large and heavy things out of the house in the direction of the moving vehicle. Remove any scattered boxes along the way, ensure the paths are free of mud, water, or anything else.
Use furniture sliders and a moving dolly
Our “avoiding injuries tips when moving” continue with using proper moving equipment. If you’ve made a decision to lift and move heavy objects without professional assistance. Use either a 2-wheel appliance dolly or a 4-wheel furniture dolly to prevent any risks of accidents and injuries. Furniture sliders are pieces of hard plastic and durable rubber will enable you to slide your heavy furniture across the room with minimum effort and no risk of your floor being damaged. Make your move much safer by renting/purchasing a moving dolly or other moving equipment.
Empty your drawers, armoires, and desks
Not only does it make the item heavier for you, but it can also pose a danger with sliding drawers and shifting content. You just can’t handle furniture or filing cabinets that still have things in them. As a way to simplify packing, some packing experts recommend leaving everything in the drawers – that only works if you manage to safely secure the contents of the drawers by tightly wrapping them in plastic.
In conclusion, remember to keep an emergency kit on hand, including band-aids, aspirin, and medicated ointment. Also make sure that you, and everyone involved in a moving house process, knows an emergency contact list, just in case. The easiest way to protect yourself from all of the injuries above, is to hire movers to do the hard work for you. Then you have much less to worry about.