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Moving can be stressful and sometimes dangerous if professionals aren’t used or proper safety measures aren’t taken. This is one of the reasons why we at Copperstate Moving recommend using our residential movers. Most people don’t realize the different dangers that come with moving. The last thing people want to deal with during a move is an injury. It will delay the move and add even more stress to the situation.
Injuries can happen in a split second, and while they can often be small, there are times when they can be a lot worse. To avoid serious injuries, here are some moving safety tips to follow.
One way to avoid injuries and any added stress one of our moving safety tips is to plan ahead and be prepared. Thinking a few steps in advance and even creating a moving checklist can help ensure the move happens safely and smoothly. If you are disorganized and all over the place, then the door is open for injuries to happen or for something to be forgotten.
Once you have a plan, you can then move on to the rest of the safety tips!
This is very important because this will help avoid injury. Lifting techniques might not seem like a lot or might only seem like something for professional movers, but that’s not the case. Proper lifting techniques include:
Have a good grip at all times.
Always keep your back straight while lifting and carrying, and always lift with your legs.
Keep heavier objects centered in relation to your body while maintaining a tight grip to keep them from rocking and throwing you off balance.
If turns are needed, do so by moving your feet together in small steps.
Also, make sure you are not lifting more than you and whoever is helping you can handle. This is a sure way to get injured or even damage the object. Just remember, if it feels too heavy, it is too heavy.
For super heavy objects or for ones that are too awkward to safely carry, one of the safety must-haves for moving is having the correct equipment. This will protect you and your belongings from injury or damage. There are plenty of options available to rent the necessary equipment if you don’t have them. Two-wheel appliance dollies (hand trucks) and/or four-wheel furniture dollies are a huge help in minimizing the strain on your body and preventing harm. Other forms of helpful equipment are:
Basic tools (these are helpful if it is easier to move large furniture in pieces)
Needless to say, moving day is not about making a fashion statement. When it comes to it, think about the clothing you are wearing as another piece of equipment. Dressing for the part you will play will only further ensure your safety. You should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes, and your clothing should be breathable and flexible fabrics. Athletic wear and sneakers are probably best.
Another tip is to avoid baggy clothing or anything that could get caught or snagged on something during the moving process. Open-toed shoes also leave your feet and toes unprotected, which you may really regret if you were to accidentally drop anything.
It might also be smart to grab a pair of work gloves to protect your hands from sharp objects, splinters, or nails. If you know that you will need to take some of the larger furniture apart, then a tool belt would be another good idea. For heavier furniture that you aren’t taking apart, a piece of equipment our safe movers use is lifting straps. They are designed to reduce stress on your back, shoulders, and knees, which are high-injury areas.
A clear path is one of the big apartment safety must-haves when moving or going through any other tighter space. The smaller the space, the higher the chance of possibly tripping on something while moving around. This also goes hand in hand with moving safety tip number one: planning ahead. Plan your path and make sure that everyone is on the same page, so nothing gets left in the way. All hallways, walking paths, stairs, and outside areas should be free of obstructions. Also, note any divots or dibs on the ground to avoid any twisted ankles or falls.
If all of these moving safety tips seem a little too much for you, then contact us! Our professional team of local movers is here and happy to help with any and all of your moving needs.
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