Moving is hardly ever easy. It can be stressful, difficult, and emotionally demanding. There are even some potential dangers to be aware of. This is especially true for someone who is moving for the first time and lacks the expert knowledge of a professional moving company. The following are a few moving safety tips to help you with a smooth and safe move.
1. Our Moving Safety Tips start with the Planning
The first thing to consider is that moving day safety and security goes hand in hand with good organization. Remember to plan out your actions before putting them into practice, or more simply, use your head before using your muscles.
We often emphasize the necessity of a Moving Checklist. While this is mainly an organizational tool, it also helps you to focus on the various tasks in the order they need to be taken care of. Remember, multitasking is a myth. Focus on the tasks at hand to keep a clear head!
2. Careful with Heavy and Bulky Objects
Take care to avoid injuries and back pain by employing safe lifting techniques like:
- Don’t lift anything until you know where to put it and how you are going to get it there.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects above your head.
- When carrying heavy objects, be sure to hold them close to your body (waist).
- Adopt a stable and secure stance
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Furniture gliders and other moving helpers
Furniture gliders – pieces made of hard plastic and durable rubber – allow you to push your heavy furniture around the room with minimal effort and to avoid the risk of floor damage.
A shoulder dolly is a useful tool when it comes to carrying heavy loads. Other options are 2-wheel equipment dollies (also known as a hand-truck) or a 4-wheel moving trolley to reduce the stress on your body and the risk of injury or accident.
3. Clothing and Shoes
- Your choice of clothing should be comfortable enough and not too restrictive to allow proper movement.
- Pants are a better option than skirts. The legs should not be too long to avoid stumbling over the hem.
- Layering your clothes is a great way of adjusting to changes in temperature.
- Wear breathable clothing to avoid overheating.
- Wear shoes with non-slippery soles and only low and broad heels. No high heels or any open shoes, especially not flip flops. You might even opt for safety shoes to protect your feet.
- Consider additional items like sunglasses, sunscreen, protective work gloves.
4. Keep your Pathways clear
- Make sure that children and pets are safely out of the way.
- Keep hallways and other passages clear to avoid bumping into or stumbling over items.
5. First Aid Kit
Keep a first aid kit handy, just in case. This should also include any medication you need to take.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before the move, so you are alert.
- Make sure you stay properly hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks, preferably water.
- Eat healthily.
- Take breaks in between to recuperate.
We have already written blog posts that deal with moving on a rainy day and road safety. Have a look!
A lot of safety problems can be reduced by hiring moving experts that are practiced and experienced. Contact our team at Brothers EZ Moving today!