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Moving is serious work, and if you’re not careful, it also can lead to serious injury. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during your move.
When packing boxes, be mindful of the weight as well as what fits. For example, you might easily be able to fit 100 pounds of books in a medium-sized box, but that’s not necessarily the wisest approach. Moving that heavy box aside to fill another one will be challenging, and you may strain your back doing so. Simply, heavy boxes are difficult for you and your movers to move.
Limit the packed weight to 50 pounds for a small box, 65 for a medium box, and 70 for a large box. Extra-large boxes aren’t necessarily meant to carry heavier items; generally, they’re meant for bulky items, such as comforters and pillows.
Even though you’ve hired a mover to do the heavy lifting on moving day, you still may be carrying heavy items when decluttering or packing. Avoid injuries by following these safety tips:
- Grip the object firmly
- Keep your back straight and bend the knees.
- If turning while carrying the heavy load, move your feet with the load rather than twisting your back.
Know your lifting limits and stick to them. Listen to your body and avoid lifting more than you can. Ask for help with heavy loads.
Avoid clothes that are either too tight to allow movement or so loose that you’ll trip over them or hook them onto other objects. Clothes should allow you to squat and twist easily. Wearing clothes with deep pockets will help you hang onto things, especially on moving day. Choose supportive and closed shoes with good traction.
Make sure you and everyone involved in the move have a clear place to walk. Remove debris on the ground outside and inside. Eliminate any obstacles in your home that might impede progress or are a trip hazard. On moving day, make sure that pets and children also stay out of the paths of movers. Ask a friend to look after them for you, if necessary.
Practice General Health Care
Take care of your health throughout all your moving preparations and on moving day. Eating a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and be sure you’re receiving proper sleep. As tempting as it may be to keep packing boxes, wearing yourself out may lead to illness and mistakes that cause injuries. Also, make sure to take breaks to eat proper meals and to consume high-protein snacks.
Listen to your body. If you’re tired or feel pain, take a break or ask for help.
Keep a First Aid Kit Handy
If you don’t already have a home first aid kit, stock a box with all the items you’ll need in case of minor injuries. If you have a kit, restock it as needed. In either case, set the kit aside, so you’ll have it with you on moving day.
Essentials to include are acetaminophen or ibuprofen, bandages, band-aids, cold packs, and tweezers.
Movers Can Help Make the Move Safer
Professional movers can help with your upcoming move. From packing to storage to doing the heavy lifting, movers can make your move a breeze. Contact us for a quote; we can make your move easier.