Did you know that moving furniture, if done incorrectly, can seriously injure your back? At A. Frisella Moving & Storage, the safety and health of our St. Louis long distance movers are a top priority. Whether you hire specialized moving services or you are planning to make a residential move on your own, here are some of our top tips for staying injury-free during your move. 

Preparation is Key to Safety

One of the best ways to protect yourself from injury or harm during a move is to prepare yourself fully before you start. This means the day before your big move, you’ll want to make sure you get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and are fully hydrated. 

Keeping a bottle of water with you–whether you’re moving in the summer or the winter–is also key. And, before you start, do a little stretching to make sure your muscles are loose. 

Make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing for the move, including: 

  • Close-Toed Shoes that are Properly Laced
  • Supportive Socks that Keep Moisture from the Feet 
  • Flexible, Breathable Clothing That’s Not Too Baggy to Avoid Snags
  • A Hat and Sunglasses to Protect Yourself As You Load Outdoors

Prepare The Area Smooth Transitions

Once you’re fully prepared for your residential or commercial moving day, you’ll want to do some work to clear your work area. If there are any large pieces of furniture that are staying put or are blocking the main exits and entrances, you’ll want to move them first. One of the main ways that people get injured during residential moving is by having to maneuver awkwardly around debris to get in and out of a location. 

If it’s too difficult to clear the area yourself, consider hiring some help. Residential movers in St. Louis can be on hand to assist you. At A. Frisella Moving & Storage, we even provide our clients with long-term storage options so that they don’t have to worry about the items they aren’t ready to move fully yet.

Watch Out For These Common Hazards

Finally, once your move is in full swing, you’ll want to keep an eye out for common hazards. If you have any loose rugs or carpeting underfoot, clear them away to prevent trips or falls. Utilize dollys, hand trucks, and/or lifting straps so that you don’t overly stress your muscles moving heavy items. 

When you’re packing boxes, don’t wait until they are overly full. Place fewer items in each box so that you aren’t taxing your muscles. One of the most important things to keep in mind is don’t lift leaning over. This places too much strain on your back and arms. Instead squat down and lift from your legs and your core muscles. This simple technique will keep you from the vast majority of injuries on moving day! 

Reach Out to A. Frisella Moving & Storage for Assistance

Are you planning a residential or commercial move from the St. Louis area? GOne of the best ways to make sure your move is injury and stress-free is to make sure you have all the help you need. That’s where we come in. Give A. Frisella Moving & Storage a call today and find out how we can help you with your trade show moves, residential moving, commercial moving, specialty moving and storage!