Moving requires a lot of pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, and a lot of lifting. It is a very tiring job to move furniture and lift boxes. If you don't lift them correctly, the chances of injury will increase. To remain injury-free and protect your back during the process, try using some of the following guidelines.
Family, Friends, and Help
If you have children, keep them out of the moving area. If possible, let them stay with a friend or family member. The same applies with pets. You may also lock pets in a room where there is not any activity. However, try to spend a little time with the family pet because moving is stressful to them as well.
Unless you have a lot of people helping, it is best to hire professionals to move items such as pianos and antiques. Also, large items such as washers and dryers may require a trained person to handle the weight correctly.
- Use a vehicle for moving flammable Items. Items such as paint thinners, aerosol cans, and other items are dangerous, and should not be mixed with the rest of your belongings.
- Use a dolly to carry bulky objects if possible. Remember you can rent one if needed.
- Lift with your legs by bending at the knees, keeping your back straight.
- If boxes are too heavy, try to repackage the heavy items into separate boxes.
- Get assistance to carry and lift items that are large, even if they aren't heavy.
- Use gloves with special grips to prevent dropping items.
- Use your body as the center of gravity by carrying items close to your body.
- Keep a clear path to avoid slipping or tripping on items.
- Do not carry more than one box at a time.
- Walk slowly and take your time lifting items.
- Lift smoothly and slowly. Avoid using jerking motions.
- If items are heavy, don't try to carry them by yourself.
- While carrying heavy items, don't stoop.
- Don't carry items on your head or shoulders.
- After lifting and carrying items, take a minute to stretch.
- If your body does not feel right, take a break. Don't keep going, because you could have hurt yourself.
- When available, use handles. Reinforce or repair boxes that may be damaged before you try to move them.
- Stay hydrated with water during the moving process. Stress can cause dehydration.
First Aid Kit
You should have a kit available in case of injuries. Even using caution, accidents do happen. You should include the following items in the kit: Gloves, hand towels, alcohol swabs, safety pins, crepe bandage, scissors, band-aids, non-adhesive dressing, adhesive tape, sterile eye wash solution, antiseptic, wound dressing, and a first aid pamphlet.
Just remember, as Ben Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It is better to be prepared. You should have a safe move if you follow these guidelines. Try not to rush and cause unnecessary injuries.
Contact moving services like Easy Moving & Freight for more help.