If you are preparing to move to a new home, or relocate to a new area, you will most likely need to rent a moving truck to transport all of your valuable items and fragile belongings. Many individuals do not prepare for their big move ahead of time, which can create dangerous situations later on, potentially leading to injury for yourself or others. You can never be too prepared when packing heavy items and awkward objects onto your moving truck, and having the proper items at your disposal can cut down on loading and unloading times while requiring less heavy lifting and energy expenditure. In part two of our packing and moving safety series, we will highlight five more key elements you should consider to ensure that your move is both safe and effortless.
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Drink Plenty of Water
Water is the lifeblood to ensuring that your move is free of heat exhaustion, cramps, injury, headaches, and so many other undesirable side effects. Depending on the time of year you plan on moving, you may need to consume much more water than you normally would. For example, when packing during a hot and humid summer in Florida, you will need to stay well hydrated or suffer severe consequences. Long days of packing and moving can be debilitating if your water intake is less than ideal, and can cause your move to be completed much slower than expected.
The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests that you should “drink about four cups of water every hour while the heat index is 103 to 115°F.” While these temperatures seem extreme, they are not uncommon during the hotter periods of summer. The suggested amount of water can fluctuate while working during the hottest hours of the day, so it is best to listen to your body and respond accordingly by having plenty of water on hand. Since you may find yourself consuming much more water than usual, you may have to refill a smaller water bottle several times. For this reason, we suggest purchasing a much larger water bottle, or filling an empty milk jug with ice cold water.
Bend at the Knees, Not at the Waist
You have probably heard the phrase, “bend at the knees, not at the waist” many times before. However, the adage remains true for individuals who are packing and moving. The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that “over 80 percent of the population will experience an episode of lower back pain at some time during life.” While many will heal without recurring issues, some back injuries can manifest themselves into chronic lower back pain which will be extremely difficult to alleviate. You should always practice good lifting posture to avoid injury whenever possible.
By bending at the knees, you will be able to effectively begin the lifting process in your thighs and hips, which are much stronger and are capable of generating more power than your lower back could. It is always best to keep your spine in a neutral position to avoid back injuries. Before trying to lift a heavy box by bending at the knees, first practice lifting a lighter box using this technique, so that you will be able to properly apply the same bending motions to heavier objects without injuring yourself.
Place Heavier Items on the Floor of Your Moving Truck
Putting the heaviest items on the floor of your moving truck may seem like an obvious tip, but many fail to do so during the later stages of loading their moving truck due to sheer laziness or lack of space. Heavy items that are stacked on top of other boxes are more likely to fall over during transportation, and will cause damage to surrounding items if the box in question topples over. You should plan how to pack your heaviest boxes beforehand, so that you are able to utilize your moving truck’s space as efficiently as possible.
By placing lighter boxes on top of your heavier moving boxes, you will be creating a solid and stable foundation to stack multiple boxes on top of each other. Heavy moving boxes can handle additional weight, allowing lighter boxes to be placed on top. Conversely, heavy moving boxes can easily crush lighter boxes, causing the contents inside the box to become broken or irreparable.
Make Walking Room on Your Moving Truck
If you are packing a home that has been lived in for many years, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of items you have accumulated over time. This can make packing stressful, as you can quickly run out of space to place boxes on your moving truck. It is always a good idea to create an area in the back of your moving truck which you can easily navigate throughout, as unloading can become a hassle if you are required to awkwardly remove items one box at a time. Not only will walking space allow you to move throughout your loading area, you will also be able to use a hand truck much easier for unloading multiple boxes at once.
If, for some reason, you are unable to create ample space inside the rear area of your moving truck, consider planning on how you will pack your contents onto the truck, so that you can easily remove big items first, which will create much more space for you to unload smaller boxes and furniture.
Use Lifting Straps for Heavier Items
Heavy furniture and appliances such as ovens, washers and dryers, or oversized couches, can be difficult to move from your home to your moving truck. An almost impossible task for one person to complete by themselves, lifting extremely heavy items usually requires the lifting power of two individuals. If you find that you are still unable to lift oversized appliances with two people, investing in a pair of lifting straps will help you lift heavier items with far less work involved.
Lifting straps utilize the strength from your forearms while keeping your back stationary. These easy to use accessories for moving will make lifting heavy appliances and furniture much more simple than before, and will allow you to have more energy for loading other items throughout the day.
Using the tips listed in our two-part safety series will make your next move much more enjoyable, and will help you avoid common injuries that can occur while packing and unloading your moving truck. To request your free moving quote, or to learn more about our many available services, contact the professionals at Suburban Solutions today!