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Being a gun owner comes with a ton of responsibility, so it’s critical that you keep your weapons safely locked away.
Using a gun safe is one way to do this. Your weapons are protected from unauthorized users by safes. Depending on the kind of safe you purchase, it can also shield them from water or fire damage.
Although incredibly important, gun safes can be incredibly heavy. Here are a few tips to help you move a gun safe upstairs without throwing your back:
Clear The Safe
Never move loaded ammunition, be they in a safe or not. It is safer and easier to move an empty gun safe.
The safe should be opened, and all weapons and ammunition should be taken out and placed in lockable, hard-shell cases for transportation. This will shield them from harm and lighten the safe.
Wrap The Safe in a Blanket
Once the safe is empty, ensure that it is locked. Wrap the safe in moving blankets to protect your gun safe from any damage that may occur during moving—they are pretty expensive.
Additionally, tape down these blankets to ensure that you do not trip, or drop the safe resulting in injury as you move the safe.
An entry-level gun safe typically weighs between 200–600 pounds. Mid-range safes weigh from 600 to 1,000 pounds. At the same time, the high-end models weigh 1,000 to 1,600 pounds.
An extra pair of hands or more may not necessarily help you carry it upstairs, but it might help you maneuver the safe onto the tool that’ll help you move it.
Wear Protective Gear
Your friends and you should dress the part. When moving something heavy, your shoes should be closed, have a good grip, and be comfortable. Sandals and flip-flops might be breathable, but they are a tripping hazard.
Moreover, wear loose-fitting clothes that will be easy to move in. Hand gloves with significant grip are also essential.
Clear the Route and Protect Your Home
Both the safe and your home are expensive investments. It is essential that you take precautions to ensure that both are safe.
When moving your gun safe through narrow hallways or stairs, you can secure cardboard on the side of either wall and the floor to prevent them from getting scratched up.
Rent a Geavy-Duty Dolly
Rent or borrow a sturdy appliance dolly, support straps or ropes, and heavy moving blankets to move your gun safely. You must be aware of the size and weight of your safe when leasing equipment from a moving company.
A dolly makes it simple to move a load to the floor where it needs to be without exerting much effort or running any significant risks.
Planning and executing the move of your gun safely up the stairs can take time and, quite frankly, be a headache. An alternative to moving it yourself is hiring a moving company to do it for you.
Trained experts carry out safe transportation with a lot of prior experience. They are aware of the moving process and the best routes to take as a result. They are also familiar with the rules set forth by law for moving gun safes.