We strongly believe that there is no good substitute for professional movers. Without the efficiency and strength of an experienced moving team such as ours, anything could go wrong. However, no matter what range of moving services you elect, you may still pitch in on moving day. Whether you plan on doing a DIY move, or a full-service move, it’s important to take safety precautions.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure you stay safe an injury free during your move.
Preventing Injuries on Moving Day
In general, there are some best practices you can abide by to avoid moving day injuries.
- Wear Injury Prevention Attire:
One easy way to stay safe is to wear the appropriate clothing for the season and the tasks at hand. The most important clothing are your shoes. The safest shoes are comfortable, close-toed sneakers with an anti-slip grip. These will come in useful to prevent a fall in rainy or snowy weather.
For drizzly weather:
- Wear a rain jacket with a hood or hat to keep water out of your eyes and blurring your vision.
- Wear socks with anti-slip grip in case you want to take off your shoes in the home.
- Gloves can protect your hands and improve your grip as well.
If the weather isn’t too hot, you can also wear long pants and sleeves to prevent against cuts and scrapes.
- Don’t Rush
It is a good idea to practice taking your time with your move. Professional movers are efficient. We never have to rush because we have a strategy in place. This ensures all tasks are completed for moving day. When you rush through moving, injuries are bound to occur. Allow yourself extra tome to complete your move and stay organized. If you don’t have professional movers booked, make sure you start packing non-essential boxes early and getting rid of unwanted items. Similarly, make sure you are well rested on moving day. Fatigue is notorious in leading to injuries.
- Rent or Buy Moving Tools
Another reason professional movers don’t have to rush is because they have the proper tools to make moving efficient. If you need to maneuver large items, it is best to get a dolly or lifting straps. The dolly will easily wheel items like filing cabinets and dressers. These are often awkward to carry. Additionally, lifting straps will help for items like mattresses and trunks. Old blankets can also be useful to slide heavy items as opposed to carrying them.
- Organize Your Space
Professional movers know that an organizes space cuts down on moving injuries dramatically. Not only does it prevent slips and falls, but ensures you get the job done efficiently. When you move with small children and/or pets, you need to find a way to keep them safe too. This includes having a safe place for them to play as you begin packing and loading. Designate an area to keep pets and children occupied where they can’t get out the opened doors of your home.
Most common moving day injuries
While anything goes when it comes to getting hurt in a DIY move, here are the most common moving day injuries.
Injuries on feet or hands
Since your hands and feet are directly involved and engaged the entire moving process, they’re most likely to get hurt in the process. Breaks, pinches, scrapes and bruises on fingers, toes, knuckles and ankles are the most common.
Back and Muscle injuries
Any muscles used during moving are bound to get strained. The question is how severe could it be for you? We’d much rather you save the muscle work to the professional movers, but we understand things happen. It is important to stay aware of your posture as you move big items. Agree on some stopping points throughout the house when you are carrying a heavy item. And of course, lift with your knees.
The idea of a hernia make professional movers like us cringe. A hernia happens when there is a tear in the muscle or tissue where it holds in an organ. This opening causes the organ to push through and become displaced in the body. An inguinal hernia is the most common example. This particular type happens when the intestines fall through a tear in the lower abdomen wall. Don’t let it happen to you on moving day.
With Move It Cube It, we are all about flexibility with your long distance move. We hope these tips will prevent you from unnecessary moving day injuries. This way you can start your new life healthy and accident free. As always, we’ll answer any questions about your DIY move or full-service long distance move.
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