Moving can be one of the most stressful events in your life. While you may want to get it over with as quickly as possible, you don’t want to hurt yourself or anyone else in the process. Fortunately, there are many easy steps that you can take to accomplish this goal.
Take the Weather into Account
If you are moving during the summer, be sure to pack and load the truck during the early morning or late evening hours to avoid heat exhaustion. It is also a good idea to keep the windows open in the truck or have the air conditioner on. Be sure to take your time walking up and down steps during periods of rainy weather as your shoes will likely be wet and have less traction than usual.
Increase Your Stopping Distance
Vehicles loaded down with boxes and office furniture behave differently, especially if you’re renting a truck. Therefore, it could take some time to get used to how the vehicle accelerates or how well it handles. If the roads are wet or covered with leaves, it could further hamper your vehicle’s ability to stop quickly. Driving slowly and carefully can be especially important during the early morning hours or at night when you may not be able to see as well. In the spring and fall months, deer and other animals may cross roads to get to food or for various other reasons. Therefore, using extra caution can prevent a collision with a deer that could result in serious injuries or property damage.
Use Proper Lifting Technique
To reduce your risk of a muscle strain or other type of injury, you should lift heavy objects with your legs instead of your back. If you can’t lift an object on your own, ask your friends or colleagues for help. Team lifting can also be effective when picking up objects that are light but are an awkward size or shape. Wrapping items in blankets or other soft materials can help to protect them from damage if you drop them.
Moving into a new office building or a new house can be an exciting milestone. However, it may be harder to make the most of your new space if you get hurt while packing or driving to your new place. In most cases, the easiest way to avoid injury is to take your time and get as much help as you need to complete the transition.