Are you planning on moving soon? When it’s time to move, people have everything but safety on their minds. There are so many little details to focus on and even more things to remember. It’s definitely one of the least favorite activities for most people.
Another reason people don’t enjoy moving is the risk of injuries. Moving is already time-consuming and stressful; you don’t want to make it into something dangerous as well.
Luckily, there are many practical safety tips that can make moving much safer. Here are Cavalier Estates’ main recommendations for making all your move-ins and move-outs smoother and safer.
#1: Dress (Safely) For The Occasion
The number one action you can take is wearing clothes and footwear that ensure your safety. When you wear the wrong outfit, it’s possible that the clothes you wear could actually increase the risk of accidents.
These are the dress code rules for your moving day:
- No high-heels and flip-flops.
- Baggy clothes aren’t a good choice for moving activities.
- Wear shoes that provide extra support and grip.
- Your clothes should be made of breathable fabric.
#2: Organize Everything Ahead of Time
Moving is the right time to put all your organizing skills into action. You should take all the steps that lower worry and stress during the move. That’s because lack of concentration and high stress levels could contribute to a higher risk of accidents.
Part of planning everything in advance involves taking measurements of the bulkiest objects you want to move. For instance, you should measure your washing machine and all the doors it is supposed to go through.
Then you will know about the possible extra steps needed to make the moving plans work. When your washing machine is too big, then you could consider ways to tilt it, or temporarily remove some doors.
Plus, make sure that you have enough moving boxes ready. Overstuffing your boxes prevents the use of proper lifting techniques. And the individual boxes may become too heavy, which raises the risk of injuries.
#3: Practice Safe Lifting
Lifting is one of the most high-risk activities when moving. That’s why you should leave the heavy lifting to professionals. Still, even when you are lifting moderately heavy items, it’s important to use proper lifting techniques. If you experience shoulder pain or have sustained a shoulder injury, it’s a good idea to get a shoulder MRI to determine the cause of the pain and the extent of any damage. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further injury and promote a faster recovery.
Safe lifting tips are as follows:
- Do you need to turn around while holding something heavy? Move your feet together with the heavy items instead of twisting your back.
- Always ensure that you have a solid grip around the item you are carrying. Gloves with an enhanced grip could just be the thing you need.
- When you are moving heavy objects, keep them close to your waist. This is an essential position to ensure stability.
- Keep your back straight. Don’t use your back to lift heavy items. Instead, bend your knees to lift these objects up.
#4: Ensure the Safety Of Pets And Small Kids
Protect the safety of your family, including pets and small children. The best policy is not to have any “running feet” around the property on moving day. Taking this approach leads to less stress and a decreased risk of accidents.
Sometimes it’s not possible to take pets and kids elsewhere. In this case, make sure that they stay in a designated space that is safe during the movement of heavy objects.
#5: Keep Your Body Healthy
Moving day stresses your mind and body. You should prepare your body for the strain that it will be put through. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and staying hydrated.
Eat a balanced mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Refrain from consuming processed sugar and heavy foods. And say no to alcohol and caffeine-rich beverages the night before moving.
It’s especially important to prevent sleep deprivation prior to moving. Not getting enough rest could make you weaker and stop you from thinking clearly. As a result, the risk of getting injured while moving increases significantly.
In a Nutshell: Top Tips For Moving Safety
Moving is already tiring and stressful. You don’t want to make it dangerous as well. Follow these safety tips to cut the risk of injuries and accidents during your move-ins and move-outs.
- Organize and plan everything in advance to avoid stress and any surprises
- Wear safe clothing and footwear
- Sleep, eat well, and drink plenty of fluids before the moving day
- Take an important safety precaution: no kids and pets on the premises
- Use lifting techniques that cause less strain on your body
We hope you found this blog post Moving Safety Tips Everyone Should Know useful. Be sure to check out our post The Safety Checklist You Need After Moving to a New Place for more great tips!