People often get hurt on moving day because they don’t lift heavy items correctly. Lifting heavy boxes or heavy furniture incorrectly will almost always lead to muscle strain and back injury. That's why the Los Angeles moving professionals at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage put together step-by-step instructions on how to lift boxes safely during a move. These steps will teach you how to properly load boxes onto a truck or how to lift heavy items.
1. Wear Appropriate Moving Attire
It is important for movers to wear the right moving attire on moving day. You should wear comfortable clothes or athletic wear like yoga pants and t-shirts. Avoid wearing anything that will make it difficult to bend your knees, and avoid open-toed shoes in case you drop a heavy item on your feet. Wearing comfortable clothes will make it easier for you to move.
2. Determine If You Need Assistance
Before lifting anything, assess the weight of the box. If the box is too heavy to carry on your own, ask for help. If you are moving on your own, you will need friends or family members to help you with the heavy lifting. If you think you can handle the weight of the box on your own, you can skip this step.
It's important to remember that even if you are capable of lifting something by yourself, that doesn't make it a good idea to lift alone. Moving is a marathon, not a sprint. If something would tire you out after lifting it, you might as well wait for assistance and save yourself from exhaustion later.
3. Stand Facing the Box
Before lifting any heavy item, stand and face the box so your shoulders line up. Your feet should be a shoulder-width apart. If your feet are too close together or too far apart, you will only increase the chances of a back injury.
4.Bend Your Knees & Squat Down
Once you are facing the box, bend your knees and squat down. Prevent hunching over! Instead, keep your back straight to prevent a back injury. Hold the box at the two opposite corners and pull in toward your chest to keep the box from slipping.
5.Lift the Box with Your Legs
Next, keep your knees bent and your back straight and carefully lift the box by straightening your legs. By lifting with your legs and not your back, you’re less likely to suffer any injuries. As you stand up, bring the box toward the center of your chest.
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