Keeping Safe During Your Move

7889809_mPart of being prepared for a move is keeping in mind that safety can be an issue. As the day goes on, people may get tired, mistakes happen and sometimes so do accidents. There are ways to minimize the likelihood of an injury occurring. Keep in mind some of these suggestions for your next move in order to keep everyone, yourself included, safe and free from injury on moving day.

Stretch Out Before You Move

You wouldn’t hit the weights or the tennis court without stretching first, would you? Moving is a strenuous exercise that requires a good majority of the muscles in your body. That is why it is important to stretch out before your move to get your body ready for the activity.

Stretching is a great way to avoid back injuries, muscle pulls and even more serious tendon or ligament problems. It only takes a few extra minutes, but it could save a trip to the emergency room.

Lift Properly

There is a right way and a wrong way to lift things. While you have probably heard it said more than once, lift with your legs, not your back. If you are bending over to lift something and feel any strain on your back, you are doing it wrong. Push your waist back and bend at the knees more. Then use your legs to pushup and lift the load. This will save you from back strain and possible injury as the day goes one. You will never see a professional mover lifting from the back, so neither should you.

Dress for the Occasion

You are going to want to have loose clothing and closed shoes come move day. If you are moving in cooler weather, then you want to have enough layers to keep warm outside, and remove the layers to stay comfortable as you head back inside. Don’t forget to put them back on when you head outside again; that can be the quickest way to catch a cold.

Make sure that the footwear you have on has good gripping soles as well. You are going to want to have sure footing while carrying boxes or furniture. Having slick shoes can end up causing an injury.

Pack the Right Way

Did you fill your large boxes with books? Then you may not have been packing correctly. A good rule of thumb is that a cardboard box can support about 50 pounds of weight. Any more than that, and you risk the box ripping. You also risk injuring anyone carrying those boxes around.

Use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for bigger but lighter items. If you have packed correctly and kept the weight down, then you have made a very important step in keeping all of your movers safe.

Hire Professional Movers in Kamloops

Of course the best way to prevent injuries is to hire professional movers like Pioneer Moving. Contact us today for an estimate.

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