Packing safety tips: 7 items not to pack before your next move

September 30, 2017

Packing is one of the more strenuous tasks on your to-do list when it is time to move, but getting it done is going to take more than just elbow grease. Packing up your entire household takes
knowledge of what is and isn't safe to pack. This week we want to identify seven items that will
require special handling when the time comes for you to move to your new home:


1. Flammables
Items that fall into this category include small personal items such as lighters or certain cosmetic
aids such as acetone. More worrying items are petroleum-based items common to woodsheds,
including oil, gasoline, kerosene, and paint thinners. This can also include the less obvious items
such as certain batteries that need to be specially packaged to prevent electric arcing.


2. Hazardous chemical goods
Many common household cleaners may be completely harmless by themselves but need to be
separated from other chemicals when transported. Ammonia cleaners and bleach are well-known ones, but with countless potentially hazardous combinations you should put aside all chemicals before packing up your items.


3. Potentially explosive items
Certain household cleaning, cosmetic, and food items where the contents are under pressure
present an explosive risk during transport. You may be able to identify these by the diamond-shaped warning that the law requires, but if you have any doubts do not pack these items. This also includes obvious dangerous items such as ammunition for firearms.


4. Perishables
Food items that will go bad should be disposed of or donated prior to a move, and serious
consideration should be taken regardless of shelf life.


5. Plants
Plants present multiple problems, from their own vitality to certain quarantines across state lines. They may require special transport or may not be allowed at all.


6. Animals and pets
While this may go without saying, you will need to make special arrangements for your animals,
including your household pets, even if the pet could travel in a truck or airplane in the carrier you have for them.


7. Sentimental items and heirlooms
Items that are fragile, high-value, or are irreplaceable heirlooms should not be moved in normal
transport operations and may need to be maintained in your own care throughout your moving


Do you have more questions about what items will require special handling and transport during your move? Call the experts at Same Day Small Mini Movers Dallas today.




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