5 Injury Prevention Tips For Your Move

Alot of us are guilty of doing this, before our moving day begins, we are so focused on getting the day ahead completed that we forget about what possible safety scenarios / injuries can occur during the process. Its a area which has literally become so secretive, that we’ve forgotten about it until someone gets hurt. And, that’s when you begin to hear from people how you should have stretched, be more careful and etc.

Moving does take alot out of you, especially mentally and physically.

To assist you, we have 5 key tips you should make sure you prepare yourselves for to prevent any possible injuries occurring during the move.

1. Correct Equipment

After a while from carrying items ranging of different weights, it will take a toll on your body. Especially on your lower back area. Make sure that when you are about to carry something, it is a box/item which you know you can carry without having to stress about struggling to carry the item. If a item is too heavy make sure to ask someone to assist you carry, this way the weight is evened out equally.

A handy device to have at home already or to hire on moving day, is a dolly. This is the perfect equipment to use on moving day, especially when you are having to carry a larger box, or even a few items at once. Dolly’s put no strain on your body, consider using one of these for the day of moving.

2. Dress Correctly

To the men: this is not a event to flex your muscles. To the ladies: This is not a dress up event.

The reason why we mention that, is not to offend anyone, but surprisingly, we have seen and heard of cases of people literally dressing up for the event to “stand out”, in which they end up looking a mess afterwards. If you are going to wear something, make sure that you are wearing clothing which is comfortable as you will be carrying and lifting items all day, and additionally make sure that you are wearing closed shoes, preferably running/gyming shoes.

3. Stretch!

Do you remember as a kid when playing sports at a local club or for your school? One of the very first things we’d do before even getting to play was stretching. We should all use the same principal before moving.

Prior to the truck arriving at your home, take 5-10 minutes, make sure to do some simple stretches. This will reduce the risk of injuries, and even better get the blood flowing.

4. First Aid

If you already have a first aid kit, congratulations to you for you have thought ahead and wisely. But if you haven’t make sure to have on, not only for your move but also for home use and also when on trips.

If you are unsure what to have in your first aid kit, make sure to have the following:

  • Aspirin (If you do hand it to someone make sure they aren’t allergic to it first)
  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Gloves
  • The other necessities, ask your local store for what is needed to be included in the bag.

Keep the first aid kit in a area where any person can have easy access to it should there be a emergency situation.

5. Food And Drink

This is literally a natural reaction for someone to bring to a move, its quite amazing how sometimes it arrives unexpectedly. Most importantly, make sure to take regular intervals throughout the day, so that everyone can “freshen up” their appetites and uplift morale. Depending on the weather as well, if its a hot day, make sure to have a container filled with energy drink or water so that everyone can keep the energy.

Some of you may be thinking that this is obvious and we all do it, well ask yourself how many actually implement it. These simple tips are there to keep you safe.