Always remember to stay safe while moving and hauling around heavy stuff. Moving can heighten these risks ten-fold. So, when it comes to avoiding moving accidents, there are some precautions you can take beforehand and during your move. Let’s go over some of those right now.
Tips for Avoiding Moving Accidents
Maintain a certain box weight
The easiest way to fall victim to a moving accident is by biting off more than you can chew—or, in this case, more than you can lift. It may seem like a good idea to take care of hundreds of pounds at once just to get it over with, but a slight movement wrong and you’re looking at a hospital visit that could very easily set you back months.
Make sure that each box doesn’t go over 50 pounds. No box should give you too much of a struggle. If 50 pounds is still too much, there is no shame in making lighter loads. It’s all in the name of being safe while moving.
Ask for assistance
Having friends, family, and neighbors help you with lifting and moving heavy items will reduce the odds of injury and help with avoiding moving accidents. Trying to move a piano, for example, can be quite the struggle and is virtually impossible to do on your own.
It might even be a better idea to have a moving company help you out with the move. No offense to your friends, but some safety movers will provide more care and an accident free move.
Plan ahead for dangerous areas
Any tip for avoiding accidents while moving is null and void if you stumble upon some dangerous areas in your new or old home. Before you do anything, you should plan ahead and move around any potential areas of danger that could lead to potential harm to you and your family.
Sometimes moving a large crate or other items through certain areas could create potential danger, so plan ahead and work around it as much as possible. This means looking for uneven walking areas or small areas and being mindful of physical dangers like trees, posts, or poles. A good way to memorize your walkway is by outlining it with chalk or tape so you know exactly where to go.
Keep emergency kit nearby, just in case
The best tip of all is to be prepared for anything that could happen. Any number of scary things can happen no matter how much you tried avoiding moving accidents, so keep a first aid kit nearby and hope you won’t need it.
Band-aids, aspirin, medicated ointment, and the ability to call for emergency services are all things you should have on hand before you start moving.