Guest Blog #148, Entry #620, August 16, 2011
Whether you are moving from an apartment to another home, or you are only move college dorm rooms, moving involves strenuous activity for your body. Have you ever noticed that most moving company personnel wear back braces when helping you move?
Today, our Guest Blogger shows you how to protect yourself from injury while moving. Even if you aren’t planning a move immediately, being armed with the information is invaluable, sooner or later, a friend or neighbor will ask you to help them!
We all know that moving puts anyone in a state of haste. We get impatient very easily, making us vulnerable to injury due to a wrong or inaccurate movement.
You can get injured at any time, but especially when there is a lot going on and you have lots to do, because it is very easy to get reckless. Here are some special tips for you to be safe at all times while in the middle of the move.
It is easy to treat a paper cut or stumped toe; however, other injuries could be more serious. Here we give you some tips to help you avoid getting a back injury in the process of moving to your new home:
To Avoid Back Injury:
Every time you lift a heavy object bend at the knees, never the waist. Doing the opposite could harm your back.
Put your legs apart when getting down to lift a heavy object. This way you won’t lose your balance when standing up.
Always maintain the object you are lifting close to your body to anchor the weight.
Never twist your body while lifting a heavy object.
Never lift anything over your head.
Secure the object very tight with your hands and lift with your legs, never with your back.
When you move an object, push instead of pulling.
Keep your feet steady when lifting heavy objects.
When lifting, do it at a smooth and slow pace, never yank.
Whenever possible, employ a dolly to move heavy objects.
When moving, you should always have a first aid kit handy, and make sure it contains:
– Hand towels
– Non-adhesive bandages
– Crepe bandage
– Alcohol scrub
– Safety pins
– A pair of scissors
– Sterile eye wash solution
– A pair of gloves
– Wound bandages
– A first aid guide
This blog post has been written by Mark Doyle, who writes articles for PSMoving
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