Steps to Moving Boxes Safely
Whether you are moving, working or trying to organize your home, chances are you will need to move boxes at some point. Moving boxes may seem like a simple task, but moving them the wrong way can cause damage to the items inside the boxes or injuries to your body. There are several things to keep in mind when moving boxes.
Step 1: Make sure each box is packed tighly. If you leave a lot of empty space in a box, the items inside will move around when it is being moved. When the items move, it can cause the box to tilt or lean to one side or another. This could cause the person carrying the box to lose their balance and drop the box, or try to correct their standing position to quickly and injure themselves.
Step 2: Make sure items are not bulging out of the box. Items that bulge or hang out from the boxes could cause the tape holding the boxes closed to bust open. This may result in the items falling out of the box and causing the person carrying the box to trip or fall.
Step 3: Use your legs instead of your back to lift boxes, expecially heavy ones. Spread your legs shoulder length apart and bend your knees as you bend down to pick up the box. Keep your back straight and straigten your legs as you stand up. This will take the strain off your back and help prevent injury.
Step 4: Ask a friend or family member to help you lift any large, awkward or heavy boxes. Trying to lift these types of boxes on your own can cause injury. If you cannot find anyone to help, try using a dolley to move the boxes instead. Dolleys can be bought or rented from most home improvement stores.
Step 5: Take frequent breaks when moving boxes. This will help your body and mind rest. If your mind if not rested, you may be distracted while moving the boxes, which could lead to an accident. If you body is not rested, it could make moving the boxes more difficult and cause soreness and stiffness in your legs and arms. Be sure to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and avoid cramps.