Keeping Safe When Using A Dumpster During The Moving Process

21 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you plan on moving to a new house in the near future, you are most likely busy with the packing process. During this time, it is a good idea to weed out belongings you no longer need so you do not bother to package them or waste space on a moving truck to get them to a new destination. Many will rent a dumpster to aid in the disposal of no longer needed items. It is important to take steps in keeping safe when a dumpster is located on your property. Here are a few tips you can use to help reduce the chance of injury to yourself or others when utilizing a dumpster during the cleaning out of your home.

Ask The Dumpster Service To Position The Container Properly

It is best to have a dumpster placed on an area of your property where it will not be in the way of foot traffic going in and out of your home. Ask the disposal service to place the dumpster off to the side of your house, preferably on a flat asphalt or cement surface. Positioning the dumpster in an area near a secondary entrance to the home is also desirable so you can get to it with ease when you wish to throw something away. Keep the dumpster away from children's outdoor activity equipment to help minimize curiosity from youngsters in the home.

Avoid Over-Filling The Unit To Minimize The Risk Of Tipping

When you place items inside the dumpster, make sure they are not all being put inside in the same general location in the container. If you stack items on one side of the dumpster, it will be at risk of tipping due to uneven weight inside. Peer into the dumpster before placing an item inside to try to keep the weight evenly distributed. When items get close to the rim of the unit, refrain from adding any more items, and call the dumpster service to haul away the unit and to bring you a new one if necessary.

Watch What Items Are Placed Inside The Dumpster

Do not place the dumpster on the roadside or next to a neighbor's home, as you may find someone else using the container for their own garbage. This could be a risk to you and your family as there may be hazardous materials put inside without your knowledge. Do not smoke near the dumpster, and ask the rental service for a list of items they would prefer you did not throw away so you can make alternate plans for their disposal.