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November 16, 2017

Prevent Injuries When Moving

If you have decided to forego hiring a professional mover to transfer your belongings to a storage unit, roll up your sleeves. Moving is not only physically draining — it can be risky. You might cut costs by doing the moving yourself (or with friends), but if done improperly, a visit to a doctor could be the result.

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Here are some tips to prevent injuries on moving day:

Back Injuries

Back strains are painful, and can cause long-term physical problems. The back is usually the first to suffer when moving items to a storage unit or new location:

  • Bend knees. Squatting distributes the weight of an item to the torso, legs, and thighs, rather than placing the stress on the back alone.
  • Try a “reacher tool.” Use a tool to reach for lighter items at the bottom of the lowest drawer or in a cupboard — without having to bend.
  • Use a forearm forklift. This tool allows you to become your very own forklift, so you don’t have to bear the entire weight of an item you’re lifting.
  • Avoid overloading boxes. Packing boxes to the brim to save on space may be tempting, but this is a risky decision to make. Lifting heavy, overstuffed boxes can cause back strains or foot injuries.

Hand and Foot Injuries

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When belongings drop from hands or boxes, hands and feet can suffer. Here are some ways to prevent injury:

  • Cut nails short. To keep a firm grip, short nails are key. Long nails break (painfully) and can cause you to drop fragile (or heavy) items.
  • Wear gloves. Work gloves are designed to protect hands from scratches and cuts. They’re made with heavy-duty materials and often have rubber grips to prevent items from slipping from your hands.
  • Wear safety shoes. Open-toe sandals or flip-flops are a definite “no-no” when transferring property to a storage unit. Not only can exposed feet be cut or injured, you might trip and end your moving experience in the emergency room.

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It is worth investing in a secure storage facility unit to hold your possessions — it’s equally important to protect yourself while moving them there. Centron Storage is a storage unit provider in North York; you can count on us to keep your items safe. Call us today at (647) 749-1394 to secure the right unit for your storage needs.