Muscle pull and lumbar sprain are just two of the health hazards movers
may encounter in the mad dash to get things done by July 1.
MONTREAL, June 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As Moving Day approaches,
Quebecers are frantically packing up their belongings and getting ready
to haul them to their new abodes. As demand for Moving Day resources
like trucks and vans increases and movers look to get things done on a
budget, many will be forced to make the move in a few short hours.
However, a few hours or minutes saved on Moving Day could end up
costing you dearly down the road. According to a survey conducted by
Kijiji Canada, nearly one in five Quebecers say they have suffered
moving-related injuries, whether they were moving or they were helping
a friend move. Furthermore, men (69%) and students (35%) seem more
likely to sustain injuries.
"People can't be bothered to use the right equipment or ensure they're
properly lifting and transporting heavy objects, says Mathieu Drugeon,
a kinesiologist and Communications Director of the Fédération des
Kinésiologues. "Certain repetitive movements like lifting boxes filled
with books can do serious damage."
"If you are looking for the right equipment or a helping hand, it's easy
to find moving-related services and equipment online. It's also a good
idea to think about lightening the load by selling or giving away
unwanted items before the move. Post items for sale on a free, local,
classifieds website like Kijiji and have the buyer do the heavy
lifting," says Marc-André Hade, communications and marketing specialist
Some injuries caused by moving can be serious. Overlook important steps
can lead to injuries such as sprains lumbar (35%) or muscle stretching
Drugeon suggests the following tips to help avoid injury on Moving Day:
Boxes: Collect as many moving boxes as possible. This will allow you to
evenly distribute the weight of your items and keep them from being too
heavy or awkward. Lots of moderately heavy boxes are much better than a
few back-breakers! Carry one box at a time and make sure you can see
where you're going.
Equipment: Wear gloves with anti-slip grips to protect your hands and keep from
dropping the boxes. Wear comfy shoes with good soles. Straps, carts,
and dollies can also be very handy and are cheap to rent or buy used on
Kijiji. If you invest in Moving Day equipment, don't forget you can
also sell it on Kijiji once the move is complete.
Cleaning: Make sure rooms are free of clutter and be sure to roll up any rugs or
put away any items you could trip on.
Many hands make light work: Depending on the weight of the object, you should always enlist the
help of at least one other person to move bigger items like appliances
or furniture, especially when you have to go up or down stairs.
Clear communication will ensure the object is moved safely. In an ideal
world, your moving buddies should be of similar height and strength so
that the weight of the object can be shared equally.
Warm up and stretch: When moving day finally rolls around, be sure to warm up the muscles
in your arms, legs, and especially your back. People often forget that
it is also important to stretch after moving.
Lifting: There is an art to lifting boxes properly. Most moving-related
injuries involve the back. To avoid injury, stand with your feet
shoulder-width apart and bend at the knees. Lift with your legs, using
your arms to secure the box. Always hold the box close to your body.
Stay hydrated: Be sure to drink lots of water and don't forget to take breaks.
Drugeon suggests icing minor injuries. If the pain persists, consult a
Residents of Québec can find last-minute help on Moving Day at www.kijiji.ca.
About the survey
The survey was conducted online by Léger Marketing from June 12 to 15,
2012, among a sample group of 1,000 Quebecers. There was a margin of
error of 2.5 percent, i.e., 19 out of 20. The survey was commissioned
by Kijiji Canada.
About Kijiji Canada
Kijiji, which means "village" in Swahili, is the number one classifieds
website in Canada, connecting ten million buyers and sellers each
month. Kijiji.ca offers Canadians a free, easy, and local way to buy,
sell, and trade goods and services in their community. With local sites
for more than 100 cities and towns across the country, Kijiji makes it
easy for Canadians to find exactly what they're looking for in their
SOURCE Kijiji Canada
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