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Moving Safety: Use Care when Lifting Heavy Items

It’s a fact: We tend to want to get things done quickly and often ignore safety precautions when it comes to lifting heavy objects such as appliances, sofas and bulky furniture.The beauty with using PODS® container for moves is that you can take all the time you need and not rush the process. Plus, loading is at ground level, which means no pushing uphill or ramps to navigate. In fact, PODS may actually be beneficial to your health!

The first rule of thumb when loading is to use some common sense safety tips to get the job done right and stay healthy!

1.  Test first, Lift second: When lifting a sofa, appliance or other big piece of furniture, squat down near a corner and carefully lift until the approximate weight can be assessed. Then set it down and come up with a game plan on how to best maneuver it to the PODS® container.

2.  Slip and Slide: Sliders are pieces of felt or round plastic discs placed under the legs or corners of furniture. With these in place, sliding heavier items across floors and carpets is easier than lifting, until you cross a threshold and need to carry it the rest of the way. 

3.  The Gloved One: It is a good idea to invest in a pair of heavy gloves and wear when lifting and moving heavy appliances. Many injuries occur when objects slip out of people’s hands. Gloves will enable you to get a better handle on the piece you are moving and make you less likely to drop things.

4.  Hello Dolly! Using moving dollies or hand trucks is highly suggested to prevent injury. Although these tools bear most of the weight, when you get to a doorway or other obstruction, you’ll need to figure out another way to move the piece to the PODS® container.

5.  Many hands make the load lighter: There is power in numbers, so gather the troops! Having sufficient manpower to lift and balance heavy objects can help with weight distribution in tough spots such as stairways, doors or small spaces.

Consider PODS® for your next move for the ultimate in flexibility on your schedule, your time and your rules. PODS®, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER!™

Visit PODS.com today for more information.

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May 10, 2011 - Posted by | Moving | , , , , , , ,

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