Protecting Yourself from Injury While Moving

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General Moving

When it comes time to move, you will probably find yourself busy trying to get everything packed and to your new home.  However in all the hustle in bustle, it is important to look after yourself.  You want to keep yourself injury free during a move, especially when you are embarking on a DIY move.  Come moving day, you may be focused on getting everything out of the old into the new house.  But you will want to keep yourself safe and protect yourself from injury during the process.

Weight can present an issue.  When lifting heavy boxes and furniture you will want to make sure you employ proper lifting techniques.  Hurting your back will impact your move as well as your health in the weeks following your move.  This includes bending at the knees and carrying heavy items close to your body.  Stretching before you begin moving day is a good idea.  If something seems too heavy, enlist some extra help.  Above all else, if something doesn’t feel right, gently set down your items and make sure you are alright.

Your home will be cluttered with boxes when moving day arrives.  Yes, you will want to get all of those boxes onto the truck and into your new home as quickly as possible, but you should do so carefully.  As you finish packing up your home, after sealing and labeling boxes, make sure they are out of the way.  Putting your boxes and furniture up against the wall will help to give you a wide path as you load everything up, instead of navigating a labyrinth of boxes.  Having a clear path to get things in and out will be crucial, especially when you begin.  You also should carry one box at a time.  Even if boxes are not heavy or cumbersome, dropping a box could damage the contents inside, or trip you up.

While not required, you may find it helpful to wear moving gloves, or gloves with grips to help you keep a sturdy hold on your possessions.  Furniture and even heavy boxes can present a challenge when moving.  You have to manage the weight and the cumbersome nature of large objects, so don’t let sweaty hands or a slipping grip add extra challenge.  It is also a good idea to wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes with good traction as well.  This will protect your feet in the unlikely event nails or other items are on the floor.  Additionally, if floors are slippery or it is raining on your moving day, you do not want to be slipping while you load and unload.

When it comes to moving, you will need all the energy and strength you can muster.  Twisting or pulling something will serve you no good when moving.  Slipping and falling may not only harm yourself, but also result in damaged items.  As you move, you will want to make the process as speedy as possible.  And while no one wants to stretch out their move, you certainly don’t want to find yourself sidelined or your move derailed because of injury.  Protect yourself on moving day by taking your time and listening to your body.

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