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5 Ways to Avoid Injuries when Moving

June 9, 2009 · Print This Article

Hurting yourself during a move can be devastating on the move as well as your career or daily life. Thus, it is important that you take the steps to make sure that you avoid injuries when moving. The last thing that you need is to run into problems on the day of the move and end up in the hospital or worse. Here are a few of the most common mistakes that are made when people move, as well as ways to avoid the injuries that can come from these mistakes when you are relocating with a moving truck rental.

  1. Get Help to Avoid Injuries when Moving. Many people think that they can lift and carry items that are probably much to big, bulky, or heavy for them. It is vital to get help in order to avoid a plethora of injuries that can come from attempting to lift and carry such items. Not only can you harm your back permanently or bring on arthritis when moving, but you could drop the item, damaging it as well as putting yourself in danger of broken bones, cuts, scrapes, burns, and sometimes even toxic inhalation. Find a friend to help you lift, or hire professionals to do the work for you.
  2. Stairs and Uneven Ground. Moving things out of your home often requires that you walk down or up stairs, and over uneven ground. Falling and tripping can cause broken bones, cuts, scrapes, and in worst cases, lifelong injuries. You can often avoid these problems by hiring professionals, or using tools such as a hand truck to move items that might prevent you from seeing the ground that you are walking on.
  3. Heat Related Injuries. Many people decide to move during the summer when the kids are out of school. While this timing is good, the heat is not. Be sure that you remain hydrated and avoid exerting yourself during the hottest part of the day. This can help you to avoid injuries when moving, and other heat related problems and injuries, which could cause delays in moving or even death. Keep cool water on hand for you and anyone who is helping you relocate.
  4. Plan and Take your Time. Rushing is the number one cause of injuries and illnesses when moving and relocating. Taking the time to plan ahead and get things in order will help you feel as if you have a better hold on the events of moving day, which can help you avoid feeling the need to rush and get things done. In the end, this can prevent all kinds of injuries, including many of those that have been outlined above.
  5. Do not Pack Chemicals. Legally, household chemicals, cleaning supplies, gasoline, and other semi toxic materials cannot be moved, even if you’re looking to move into condominiums or cheap hotels. Some people, however, feel that they can move these items anyways, especially when a cheap truck rental is obtained. Unfortunately, these chemicals rarely react to heat and movement well, sometimes causing burns, fires, and even explosions. In order to avoid these problems, make sure to dispose of these chemicals appropriately and avoid moving them.

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