How To Safely Move A Safe
Published on 2023-03-13
Any time you move something heavy, you need to make sure to take proper safety precautions so that you don’t damage the item, or even worse, cause injury to yourself. Moving a safe definitely falls under this category of things you need to be careful with and we’ll go over some of the best practices you should use when moving a safe.
Don’t Attempt It By Yourself
Even if you’re moving a small safe and have a dolly with straps to keep in place, you should still have another person to help you. Safes are heavy and can easily tip over if anything gets out of balance while attempting to move it. Stairs and corners are especially tricky and having another person there to act as another set of eyes and make sure it stays upright on the dolly is always a good idea. For larger and heavier safes, it’s imperative that you have help, ideally a couple people. The same things mentioned above apply to large safes and the potential for damage or injury is even higher.
Empty, Close, & Lock It
Before moving a safe, make sure it’s empty, closed, and locked. Empty so that the items inside it aren’t damaged during the moving process, and also because it reduces the overall weight and makes sure it’s well-balanced as you move it. Obviously, you don’t the safe door flying open unexpectedly while you’re moving it, so closing and lock it after emptying it out is a must.
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Plan Out How You’ll Do It
You should plan out every step of what you’ll do when you move the safe. This includes the route through the house you’ll be taking, what type of equipment you may need, if you need to rent special equipment, and how much help is required. Make sure there are no items like loose cords that could be tripped over in the path you plan to take. It’s a good idea to go so far as knowing exactly where the safe will be placed, whether that means across the room, or another room in the house. If there any concerns about getting it through tight spaces, take measurements and be sure to include the dolly and straps as part of it.
Gloves & Sturdy Shoes
Just like moving anything else heavy, you need to have the right gear to do it. Use some gloves that offer protection so that your hands and fingers don’t get beat up by getting pinched between anything. Sturdy shoes are also recommended so that your feet are protected while moving. Safes are heavy and any sort of tipping or imbalance can cause issues that require some added safety.
Consider A Moving Company
If you have any doubts about your ability to move a safe, or if you’re just not comfortable doing it on your own, consider hiring movers to do the job for you. It’s relatively cheap for a job that doesn’t take more than an hour or two and you can easily remove any stress or concerns you have about moving a safe by letting professionals do the job for you. Movers will also have the necessary equipment to move a safe so you won’t have to rent a dolly or other equipment.