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Tips For Moving A Safe

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Tips For Moving A Safe

When planning your relocation and how to move your safe, make sure you take into consideration its size, weight and the location of where the safe will be moving from, and where it will be placed at the new location. If you have a portable or smaller safe, under 50 lbs., it can be transported easily. For larger heavier safes, safety must be a priority, and hiring a professional company that specializes in moving safes should be considered. If you are using a reputable moving company to transport your household belongings, you can inquire if moving a large safe is something they are able to handle.

Preparing The Safe For Moving

  • Emptying the contents of your safe is advised. This will lessen the total weight and prevent potential damage to your valuables while the safe is being moved. Once the valuables have been removed, pack them safely and transport them in the most secure way.
  • The door of the safe must be closed securely and locked while being moved. Severe damage to the door, and physical injury can occur should the door accidentally open.
  • Wrap the safe in moving blankets and secure with packing tape or plastic wrap. This will prevent any damage to the safe.

Use The Right Equipment

You need to know the weight and dimensions of the safe in order to use the right equipment. Guessing won’t work, safes are heavy and if you don’t have an exact weight, you, and others could get hurt. Once you know which equipment to use, make sure you have straps to secure the safe to the piece of moving equipment.

Some of the equipment that can be used to move heavy safes includes: pallet jacks, steel rollers, dolly, heavy-duty hand truck, and aluminum plates.

Have A Plan

Before attempting to move the safe, make sure there is a clear plan and understanding between the moving team of how the safe will be moved. Having two or more people to move a heavy safe is advised.

  • Measure all doorways and any openings you will be moving through with the safe. This will need to be done for both pick up and delivery locations.
  • Make sure to have a clear path, nothing obstructing the way. Having an extra person to guide and give direction is a good idea.
  • Protect any walls, doors or floors that can potentially get damaged while the safe is being moved. Old rugs, blankets, or even thick pieces of cardboard can be used to protect the floors. Cardboard can also be used to protect any tight corners.

Safety

When moving a heavy safe, your safety and the safety of others must be a priority. If you need to call in the professionals, there are trained specialists.

  • Make sure there are two or more people to move the safe. Discuss the plan and designate a leader.
  • Wear comfortable and protective clothing and shoes. Clothing should be tight fitting, so that nothing gets caught. Shoes should be fully enclosed with good ankle support and traction. Something like a work boot or hiking boot is recommended.
  • Work gloves should be worn to protect your hands. In addition you will have a better grip when handling the safe and the equipment.

Taking extra care through the planning and moving process is essential when moving a heavy safe.

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