Tips for Safety During Your Move
Updated: Mar 22
Safety is essential to keep in mind when you are planning to move. Many 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 assist 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 step is often forgotten
Step 1 in disassembly is always to unplug
Turn the water off before disconnecting a waterline.
This step is crucial if it requires a tool to shut off the water.
Don’t “Over-do” it
Take a break every once and a while. The boxes aren’t going anywhere!
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 can’t look down and see if there are more steps. If you know how many steps are there, you can avoid this problem.
Don’t Overfill Boxes.
It can be dangerous to have the bottom of a box break open while carrying it.
Never Trust a Guard Rail
Sometimes it is convenient to lean on things while carrying something heavy; you should never do this 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 can’t tell what you are carrying. This is generally not a good idea since certain things need to be moved a certain way. (i.e., needs to stay upright)
This also applies to boxes, so you should label them.
Remove “feet”/“legs” from furniture items.
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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