Packing and moving your belongings can be time-consuming and frustrating, but it can also be dangerous. Lifting heavy boxes and furniture can easily cause bodily harm and injury. The last thing you want on moving day is to have to make a trip to the emergency room. Don’t break your back or your belongings when moving. The following safety tips brought to you by National Movers should help keep you, and your possessions, safe. If you have any specific questions or would like to hire some professionals to make your move quicker, then call National Movers today. Our friendly representatives are always happy to help schedule an appointment.
Neatly Pack and Pad Fragile Items
There is a delicate balance to achieve when it comes to fragile items. You want to pack them snug, but not so tightly that the box becomes too heavy. Carefully pack and pad fragile items to protect them from clashing against one another and breaking in transit. Be sure to arrange them so that they are easy to unpack.
Organize Your Space
If you want to safely and quickly pack and load your moving truck, then you have got to lay the foundation first. Organize your space by keeping packed boxes in designated areas. Secure the path from your home or building to the moving truck by clearing out any trip and slip hazards. Let your neighbors know about your move so that they are mindful as well. Finally, be sure to have a first aid kit available and accessible in the event that you need to treat minor cuts and scrapes.
Carry Smart, Not Heavy
Don’t let even a time crunch rush your move. Only carry what you can comfortably manage and don’t overexert yourself. Make multiple trips instead of carrying multiple boxes. Walk slowly, keep the boxes close to your body, and maintain a clear line of sight. Also, be sure to use tools such as hand trucks, dollies, glides, and straps whenever possible.
Share the Load
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Get friends, family, or neighbors to help carry large furniture especially. Don’t let go of objects until you are certain that the other person can accept the weight. Communicate clearly and remember to take breaks whenever you feel physically or emotionally tired. Don’t forget to treat your helpers to lunch or dinner after the work is done.
Sharing the load is also important when carrying items yourself. Keep your back straight, bend your knees, and lift straight up with your legs to distribute weight evenly among your muscles. Loading too much weight onto one body part can strain a muscle or even injure you.
You should drive your moving truck responsibly, especially if you have rented it. Be mindful of the difference in the size of the moving truck versus your everyday vehicle. Be aware of the height of the truck and beware of low bridges. Navigate tight corners carefully and turn slowly to avoid shaking the boxes in the back. Choose a low-traffic time if possible to limit the risk of accidents.