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Moving Tips: Keeping safe while moving

It is important to watch out for injuries while moving.

It is important to watch out for injuries while moving.

Many people are at risk of injuries when they move, and if you don't take precautions, you could hurt yourself badly. While many warn of possible back injuries from lifting boxes and other heavy items, there are many other pitfalls that are just as important to avoid. These incidents range from small injuries while packing to serious problems that can come up when moving and not paying full attention to what is going on.

Carrying large items around the home can do a number on multiple body parts, but keep in mind the stress that your legs can be under. Walking around with heavy boxes can hurt even the strongest of knees, and if you have a history of knee injuries, it is important to be careful. Furthermore, if you are walking with items that are very cumbersome, it is wise to always know where you are. In an unusual house, you can smack your knee or leg against a wall, or on a corner, and this could result in a significant injury.

Always show care when walking up and down stairs. Stairs without carpets can have little friction, and if you aren't paying full attention, you can fall. Holding the extra weight of a box can make your fall harder, so it is important to be careful and take it slow. Keep in mind that holding large items can limit your sight. Even stairs that you have walked up and down thousands of times can prove to be hard to navigate, so care is certainly required.

Keep tabs on where your hands and feet are at all times. It is very easy to have a box drop on your foot, and this could have enough weight to break it. Having steel-toed boots may be the best way to prevent a painful and difficult injury. Also, don't force items through doorways. Even if the item can fit, your hand might not. It doesn't take much for a hand injury to occur, and gloves may not fully protect you.

No matter what the weather is when moving, if you feel exhausted or uncomfortable, it is important to take a break. Overexertion can add to injuries, and not addressing a problem as soon as it begins can put you at a higher risk of making the injury worse.