Moving safety begins before you start packing your belongings into a box. Integrate safety into your plans to ensure that the move into your new home will be accident-free. Check out our tips on safety below!
First off, pack a first-aid kit in your bag. In case the worst happens, at the very least, you are prepared. Make sure that it contains the following items: dressing, scissors for cutting the dressing, band-aids hydrogen peroxide, iodine, alcohol, painkillers, medical tape, and cotton.
If you have small children and/or pets, keep them away from the areas with possible hazards, such as a room containing stacked boxes you have yet to move into your car or van. If possible, keep them in a room with a trusted adult to keep them company. Children and pets have a lot of energy, so their playing around unattended could be a hazard not only for themselves but for you as well.
Aside from freeing the path to your car or van from running children and pets, clear it from nails and other sharp objects too. You won’t be able to see the floor once you are carrying your boxes, so do this before you start moving your boxes out of your house. The same goes for when you are moving into your new home. Clear the path between your new home and your car or van to avoid accidentally stepping on something that might injure you.
If one of your boxes contains dangerous items, such as knives, mark the box with “Sharp objects inside” or something similar. In the confusion of the move, you might forget where you put your newest knife set. Label your boxes accordingly and avoid accidentally cutting yourself while opening your kitchen box.
When packing, it can be tempting to stuff your boxes until the brim. Avoid doing this, because overloaded boxes could tear when you try to lift them. Even if the box doesn’t tear when you lift it, lifting heavy boxes could damage your back. Pack wisely; pack only as heavy as you can carry.
Moving your things out of your old house and into your new home can be very physically draining. Hydrate often, especially during the summer, and make sure you have had enough to eat. If you can enlist friends and neighbors to help you, do so. You wouldn’t want to be so tired from packing and moving your boxes out that you become less careful when you are finally moving in. Know your physical limits, and call in some help if possible.
If you think moving house might be too much to tackle on your own, even with family and friends to help you, consider hiring a professional moving company to do the dirty work for you. These people are trained specifically to make sure that the move to your new home will be as accident-free as possible. Though it comes with a price, the upside is your safety.
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