Safety Tips For Moving Furniture
Whether you are moving into a new home or you are simply moving things around within your home, moving furniture can be quite hectic. It is potentially dangerous as well especially when you do not know the things to do and things to avoid. This is partly why most people prefer to hire a moving company. But if you decide to do your moving by yourself or with the help of your friends here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
Dress the part
You definitely don’t want to be moving furniture dressed in a ball dress or stiletto shoes. If you are planning to move furniture then you should dress the part. Loose fitting clothes, open shoes, sandals, and flip flops aren’t recommended as moving day wears. Put on comfortable work clothes, and wear a covered shoe for the job. Ensure that your clothes are flexible and breathable. It should also give you enough freedom to move around without compromising your safety. You can also use a pair of work gloves to improve grip and protect your hands.
Clear the path
Many of the injuries that occur during moving occur as a result of people running or falling into objects on their part. Be sure to look around any furniture you are moving and ensure that nothing is on the way. This includes items like shoes, toys, boxes and other small objects that you can easily trip over. Children and pets should also keep a safe distance when furniture is being moved.
Use safety accessories
Furniture dollies, moving strap, and furniture felts are a few of the moving accessories that can make moving furniture more convenient and safer for everyone involved. A furniture dolly is a sort of handcart that can be used to transport heavy items. A moving strap helps you move furniture more efficiently and prevents injury to your back or waist. A slider makes it easy to simply slide heavy furniture from one section of a room instead of lifting it. All of these items can either be purchased or rented from a local moving company to make things easier and safer for you.
Use the right lifting technique
You risk injury to your back when you carry furniture improperly. There is a technique to lifting safely and you should learn this before you begin lifting. You can check online for videos on the proper lifting techniques.
Hire a professional: It's okay to want to save money on your move by trying to move the furniture all by yourself. But the sometimes hiring professional movers is the safest option. Even if you want to join in and assist with the moving, with a professional around to put you through on what to do and things to avoid, there is less chance of injury.
Moving is hectic, and with a lot of items around, there is injury lurking to happen at every turn. Thus you need to be very careful with how you carry and move furniture around so that everyone stays safe during your move.