Safety is an extremely important aspect of any relocation. No one wants to get injured because they didn’t anticipate the correct ways to transport their Blue Bins moving containers. To help you arrive safely at your destination and reduce the chances of moving-related strains, sprains and aches, please put these safety awareness tips into action.
1 – Pack Every Moving Container a Little Lighter Than You Want
We know that you might be a total Spartan when it comes to being able to lift a single moving box, but what about when you have to move 50 or 100 of them during the course of a day? Most people will fill a moving container, and then lift it a few inches above the ground. “I can lift that!” they say. But what they don’t think about is that they’re going to have to lift, lift and lift some more during the course of the relocation. If you’ve ever lifted weights at the gym, you know that the first weight lift isn’t the one that hurts… it’s those in the middle and at the end. The same is true of moving any types of boxes, furnishings and other items. By the end of the day, you don’t want your muscles to have undergone too terrible a workout!
2 – Don’t Allow Children to Move Tons of Moving Containers
It’s a reality for many families that kids will be helping on moving day, and that’s a perfectly reasonable expectation. However, far too many youngsters are allowed to try their hands at moving boxes from Point A to Point B. Not only does this put undue stress on young shoulders, backs and legs, but it can be a safety hazard, too. If children unsafely stack moving containers, the containers could easily sway and perhaps fall. Blue Bins’ moving boxes are made to be stacked safely, but that doesn’t mean that kids always follow directions (as any teacher can attest to!) Be careful with the kids during your move, and watch them well. You may even want to hire a babysitter for the day, just to maintain security.
3 – Lift With Your Legs, Not With Your Back
This is one of those “oldies but goodies”, and we know you’ve heard it 1,001 times. Now, you’ll hear it again. Always, always, ALWAYS lift with your legs. Don’t bend over and then pick up the moving container with a jerking motion. This can land you in the emergency room, or at least exacerbate an existing back problem. While your chiropractor may appreciate the business, you won’t love being in severe discomfort. Remind yourself with every moving container you lift that you have to be cautious. It takes a little more thought to lift with your legs and activate your strongest muscles in your thighs and hind quarters, but it’s worth the effort.
The goal should always be for you to experience relocation to Toronto that doesn’t end with you groaning under a hot pad and calling around for an appointment with a physician. Take a few preventative measures, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier move overall.