Tips for Safety During Your Move

Updated: Apr 9

Safety is important to keep in mind when you are planning to move. A lot of variables exist when it comes to moving day, and if there is any recklessness, it can result in an unsafe situation that everyone would rather avoid. The College Moving Crew has compiled a list of reminders for moving day that should help keep everyone safe. Many of these are common sense tips, but hopefully there are a few things in this list that can be of assistance to you in your upcoming move.

Be Mindful of Ice

  • Use salt or sand to provide traction if walking on ice is unavoidable

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

  • Bend your legs not your back

  • Keep your legs about shoulder width apart

  • Don’t try anything you aren’t comfortable with

Unplug appliances/machines before disassembling them

  • This is often forgotten

  • Step 1 in disassembly is always to unplug

Turn water off before disconnecting a waterline

  • This is especially important if it requires a tool to shut off water

Don’t “Over-do” it

  • Take a break every once and a while, the boxes aren’t going anywhere!

  • Stay hydrated

Wear Good Shoes

  • Especially if there are slippery conditions, but always a good idea

  • Keep your shoes tied

  • Wipe your shoes on a mat when you enter the house if it is wet outside

Prop Doors Open

  • It is much easier to carry items when the door is already open

Have more ratchet straps and bungee cords than you think you need

  • These can be very useful in loading the truck in a safe way

  • They are generally cheap, so it is a good idea to buy extras

Count (Stair) Steps

  • Sometimes when you are carrying something, you don’t have the ability to look down and see if there are more steps, if you know how many steps are there, this problem can be avoided

Don’t Overfill Boxes

  • It can be dangerous to have the bottom of a box break open while you are carrying it

Never Trust a Guard Rail

  • Sometimes it is convenient to lean on the things while carrying something heavy, this should never be done with a guard rail. Sometimes they are not strong enough to hold the extra weight.

Keep the Paths Clear

  • Don’t set anything down in high traffic areas

  • Try to keep conversations and people clear of the moving path as well

Walk slower than you think you need to

  • This is especially true if you are carrying something with someone else

  • Also go extra slow through a doorway, so that you don’t bump anything

Make sure you know what you are carrying

  • Sometimes things are wrapped up and you cant tell what you are carrying, this is generally not a good idea since certain things need to be carried a certain way. (i.e. needs to stay upright)

  • This also applies to boxes, so they should be labeled

Remove “feet”/“legs” from furniture

  • This makes it much easier to fit things through tight halls and doorways without damaging anything

Have designated areas for children and pets

  • This helps keep the walkway clear, and everyone safe

Double check the moving truck before you take off

  • Observe what is loaded and see if anything looks like it could fall over

  • When the door is closed, double check that it is latched so that the door can’t fly open during transit


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