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3 Important Safety Tips for Loading a Portable Storage Container

by Dusty Rhodes | Nov 09, 2022

 

Portable storage containers are useful for long-term or short-term storage as well as for moving. They are a convenient way to keep your belongings safely stored right on site. They are also great if you are in need of moving your storage with you. They offer easy, ground level loading and unloading so it eliminates a lot of the risk you might otherwise have when using a steep moving truck ramp. Still, however, there are important safety precautions you should take to ensure you and your belongings remain safe.

Pack the Heaviest Items on the Bottom

When you are packing a storage container, think of it like you would a bag of groceries. You would never put a 12-pack of sodas on top of a loaf of bread. The same is true for loading a storage container. You wouldn’t load heavy books or furniture on top of a delicate box of teacups. It is always important to load your heaviest items first, on ground level. This will prevent heavier items from squishing or damaging lighter or fragile items underneath. It will also ensure that heavy items don’t topple over during transit or while loading and unloading.

Secure Your Belongings

Another important safety tip is to properly secure your items before and during loading. All breakables should be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with tape before loading them into boxes. You don’t want to deal with broken glass or ceramics on the bottom of your storage container. It is also absolutely essential to make sure your items are securely strapped to make sure everything is firmly in place. Securing your belongings with straps will prevent items from shifting and falling during transport.

Use the Right Equipment

Finally, to reduce any hazards when loading a portable storage unit you want to make sure you are using the proper equipment. For example, you should always use a dolly to load heavy appliances and boxes. When you are moving heavy furniture, be sure there are plenty of people to help disperse the weight. You also want to wear the right protective gear such as long pants, close-toed non-slip shoes, and gloves when handling heavy items. The right gear and equipment will help prevent injury to yourself and prevent damage to your belongings.