Most people don't see moving as a dangerous thing, but there are inherent dangers associated with the process, especially for those who don't have the experience for it. Take the following measures for your safety when planning and executing a move:
Know How to Pack Your Items
You may not think that your packing method has anything to do with your safety, but it does. For example, using huge boxes will force you to pack too many items (you won't want to live boxes half full), which will make the boxes uncharacteristically heavy. Unfortunately, lifting heavy boxes is not good for your knees and back. In case you slip and fall, you risk incurring serious injury if you were carrying an oversized box.
Wear the Right Clothes and Safety Gear
The manner of your dressing will also determine how safe you are during the move. Here are some dressing tips to keep in mind:
- Wear closed shoes with good grip to avoid accidental cuts and to reduce your risk of slipping and falling
- Avoid loose clothing so that they don't get caught up on things
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from accidental cuts and to give you good grips
Use Appropriate Loading Equipment
Loading and unloading heavy items or boxes require the right equipment. Don't think you will be using your hands only during the moving day; that is very dangerous and time-consuming. You need dollies, straps, floor guards, carts, and any other equipment you may need depending on what you are moving. You only need to worry about the equipment if you are planning to rent a moving truck (an expensive way of moving). Otherwise, the moving company will provide them.
Get Your Kids and Pets Out of the Way
Kids and pets can get in your way and trip you up, or your movers, on moving day. They can also get injured by movers or the objects that lying around. Therefore, it's advisable to get the kids and pets out of the way, so you don't have to worry about interference from them.
Get Some Helpers
Lastly, you should have helpers on moving day whether they are hired to help or volunteers. You may not have a good idea of how hectic it is to move if you have never handled one before. The packing, sorting, decluttering, and loading is not easy if you are a few people. The more people you are, the easier it will be, and the lower your risk of injury will be.
Contact a company like Men On The Move for more information and assistance.