When preparing for a move to a new home, it's important to take proper precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of your movers. As you plan your move, consider the following to help ensure safety and reduce the risks of having an accident.

Take Care When Stacking And Staging

As you pack boxes for moving day, you'll likely identify areas where they can be stacked and staged. This is a great idea that can make it easier for your moving company to transfer your items onto the moving truck. However, boxes that are stacked too high can pose a danger to you, your family, and the moving crew. Arrange your boxes, so the largest, heaviest ones are at the bottom of each stack. If possible, make sure that no stack is higher than your chest to prevent items from falling on your head. If you have small children in the home, you may want to keep the stacks even shorter to keep little ones safe. You can also use plastic wrap to secure each bundle of boxes to prevent items from falling.

Have Appliances Disconnected Professionally

If you have gas appliances, such as a gas dryer and gas stove, consider hiring a professional to disconnect them before your move. Improper methods of disconnecting can leave the home susceptible to a gas leak, which can pose a serious danger to your family and the moving crew. Once the appliances are disconnected, pull them away from the wall and attach a label that indicates they are safe to move. If you have any hardwired electrical fixtures or appliances, you may also want to have them professionally removed to prevent shock or other injuries.

Use Proper Handling Equipment

You may already know how to lift boxes to prevent back injuries, but even proper lifting methods can lead to back pain and discomfort as you prepare for moving day. Consider investing in proper handling equipment to make transporting boxes from room to room easier as you pack. Handcarts and dollies offer great options for moving small stacks of boxes and wearing a back brace as you unload each box can provide additional support. If possible, wear sturdy shoes when you are packing and lifting boxes. If you are concerned about leaving your floors dirty, you can purchase disposable shoe covers that protect the floors while letting you wear supportive footwear.

Talk to your moving company about any other steps you should take to help ensure the safety of its employees and that of your family before you begin packing for your big move. Contact a company like Smith Dray Line for more information and assistance.