Moving day is stressful, in fact it is one of the most stressful life experiences you can have, but if you don’t take take a few precautions to protect yourself, it can be dangerous as well. Below are some great tips for how to prevent yourself or people who are helping you move from getting injured.
1. Don’t overload your boxes
Remember, you need to be able to lift them without causing injury. Our suggestion is to not load them over 30-40 lbs, depending on how much you can lift. Overloading boxes can also lead to them breaking at the seams, and the last thing you need on moving day is a trophy or heavy book falling on your foot.
2. Use the right equipment
While it can be tempting to save the money, renting equipment can help keep your move injury-free. For the larger items, use a dolly. This will prevent you from straining your back. You can also use straps to keep the boxes secure on the dolly.
3. Look for hazardous walking areas
This is especially important in winter months when weather conditions can be less-than-ideal. Clear all walking areas of potential hazards and if your walkway gets slippery, invest in a traction mat. If there are steps, make sure that all movers are aware of the steps and that they are well-lit. If there is snow or ice, make sure the walkway is well salted.
4. Wear the right clothes
You should wear sneakers or supportive shoes, ideally with a strong toe, as you will be on your feet all day and you don’t want to trip or injure yourself if you drop something on your foot. Wear clothing that is comfortable but not too loose—you don’t want your sleeve or pants getting caught on a box or piece of furniture and risk tripping. This can not only cause damage to you, but also to your furniture.
5. Keep children and pets out of the way
If you have kids or pets, keep them safe and occupied away from the movers. If you can, have a relative, friend or close neighbour keep an eye on them at their house for the day. Otherwise, set them up in an out-of-the-way room for the day.
6. Drink plenty of water and remember to eat
Keep yourself hydrated, but don’t forget to feed yourself, too. You work more effectively and are less likely to get injured when you provide yourself with fuel and energy.
While they may seem like small things you can get away without doing, these simple steps will help protect you and your moving team, so don’t skip them! Nothing slows down moving day progress like an injury, not to mention how it will impact the move-in and unpacking process.