Unfortunately, when you move your items from one home to another, you are bound to get hurt, especially if you are not doing it properly. Many homeowners make the mistake of rushing around and this leads to carelessness and missteps to protect your body and your family. Below, we will go over some of the most common injuries that occur on moving day.
- Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes are probably one of the most common, if not the most common, injury that occurs during a move. You may accidentally move your hand the wrong way on a box and cut it or you may try to open a box with a sharp knife and slip.
These types of injuries are preventable and you can avoid cuts and scrapes by making sure all sharp objects are wrapped properly and of course, taking your time when you do move items.
- Slip and Falls
A slip and fall can occur for a number of different reasons from the ground being wet to missing a step on a staircase or even a spilled drink in the house. You should always be cautious when carrying items and check the pathway to make sure it is clear BEFORE you begin moving items.
You can prevent injuries like this by wearing shoes with grips and closed toes.
- Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains occur when you lift items that are too heavy or you move the wrong way. These can be prevented by slowing down and avoiding lifting items that you know are too heavy for you. You should always ask for help when you need to move furniture or heavy boxes.
A sprain can occur too when you slip inside your home or go down the staircase wrong. You must pay attention when walking to prevent these kind of injuries.
- Pulled Muscles
Lastly, pulled muscles occur most commonly in the legs, back, and neck. These injuries happen because homeowners often lift items incorrectly and place too much pressure on their muscles. To avoid pulled muscles, always use your legs to lift instead of your back and never lift an item that you think is too heavy for you.
To avoid these four common moving day injuries, you need to make sure that you are practicing safe moving and that you are utilizing the help you have and of course, dollies to move the items.