Moving is often a busy and stressful event. As a result, you are more likely to sustain injuries, cause harm to others and lose some items during the event. Here are five safety tips you can adopt during moving day.
Use a Desirable Box Weight
Heavy boxes are very difficult to lift and might cause you to fall when moving them around. When packing your moving boxes, you need to make sure their weight does not exceed 50 pounds. If you are unsure of the weight your box has, try lifting it. You should be able to lift the box without straining. And when lifting the box, do not bend over to pick anything that falls down. You are more likely to trip or injure your back in the process. An ideal way to handle a box is to squat down and lift it using your entire body.
Secure Your Belongings
Theft of items during transit is a very common problem that affects thousands of homeowners who are relocating. You need to make sure all your belongings are safe from theft, regardless which moving company you hire or what truck or trailer they are using to transport the items. Use ropes to tie down everything that may be loose and secure all items to the wall of the box using a tarp to prevent damage. You don’t want to take chances with the safety of your valuables.
Account for Everyone
You need to account for everyone, including the movers. Make sure every person involved has a role so as to prevent collisions and people getting in the way. You can set an assembly line with one or two people on the truck and in the house to pass and load items. Also, you need to account for your kids and pets. This is not the time they should be running and playing around. Assign someone to watch and prevent them from getting near the loading area.
Wear the Right Clothing
Remember, you are going to move around and lift heavy items a lot. Make sure your clothing does not pose problems when doing so. Avoid loose sleeves or shirttails that may get trapped. Instead, wear a t-shirt and an elastic pant that fits comfortably and doesn’t have a fabric that might stick on something. Also, get durable and supportive shoes with a good grip to prevent you from falling on slippery surfaces.
Be Ready for Emergencies
You need to keep an emergency kit. Make sure the kit has band-aids, aspirin, and medicated ointments. Regardless how careful you might be, an accident can still occur. Also, ensure that everyone involved knows the contacts of the emergency department just in case something happens.