You chose to store your items in a Mill Plain storage unit because you wanted to keep them safe, whether that’s because you’re moving, having your home renovated, traveling, or going through a change in life that needed you to free up space in your home. When your items are in Iron Gate Storage, they’re safe. We also strive to keep you safe as well, including keeping a well-lit, well-maintained facility for your safety. There are certain things you can also do to keep safe while you are loading items into your unit. While you’re at our facility, keep the following four safety tips in mind to protect yourself from injury.
Lift with your Knees
Don’t bend over and pull items up with your back and shoulders. That’s how you injure your back. Instead, squat down to the floor by bending your knees. Then, pick up the item and once you’re holding it tightly, stand up straight and use the strength of your legs to lift the item. This is a safe way to lift heavy objects.
Ask for Help when you Need It
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. If an item is too heavy to lift on your own, ask a friend to come and team lift with you. If that’s not an option, use a cart or dolly. Ask our staff for one of our facility’s moving carts and help lifting your item onto it. Remember, saving time or avoiding inconvenience is never a reason to injure yourself.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
Heat exhaustion is no joke. On hot days, it’s important to keep your body cool and well hydrated. If you feel yourself becoming fatigued, suffering a headache, sweating heavily, or experiencing a rapid pulse while you are moving items into and out of your storage unit, stop what you are doing and take a rest. Drink cool water and don’t resume carrying items until your symptoms have subsided.
Make Sure Everything is Packed Securely
There are a lot of ways your items can injure you. A few examples include:
- Sharp objects falling out of their boxes and onto you, cutting your exposed skin;
- Heavy items falling into your feet, potentially crushing and breaking your toes and delicate foot bones; and
- Being crushed under a toppled dresser.
This is why everything you store needs to be tightly secured, whether that means taped into a box, zip tied into a fixed position, or disassembled and stored in multiple parts.
Safe in your Mill Plain Storage Unit
To learn more about storing your possessions safely in a Mill Plain storage unit, call or visit Iron Gate Storage today to speak with one of our experienced, helpful staff members today. We can answer any questions you have about our facility or about self storage in general.
Vancouver, WA 98683