Whether you need to relocate or re-site a safe due to moving house or business premises there are a number of things you need to take into consideration. By their very nature a large heavy safe is not easy to move. That's the idea after all, isn't it?
Relocation or removal of large heavy safes requires specialist equipment and professionals who are experienced in assessing both the logistics and safety measures required. The most common types of safes that need relocating are underfloor safes, freestanding safes, cash deposit safes, fire proof cabinets or gun safes.
Whatever type of safe you have, here are a few things to take into consideration …
1. Empty the contents
Any contents inside the safe could be damaged when moving the safe. If it contains mainly bank notes or paperwork it's okay to leave them inside. However, for heavier items you should consider removing them in order to decrease the weight. If temporarily removing items you should find another secure method of storage.
2. Protect surrounding areas/furniture
Take care to cover any nearby furniture or clear the area surrounding the safe to avoid any damage and keep precious items of furniture protected.
3. Provide as much information as possible
Are there any challenges in moving the safe? For example, stairways, narrow passages, tight corners. An on-site evaluation may be necessary to determine whether specialist equipment is needed.
4. Plan ahead
Plan and prepare the space where you want the safe to be installed (if relocating) before installers turn up to move your safe to its new position. Again, it is important to advise up front on any logistical issues.
5. Stay safe
There is nothing more precious than a person's health and well being. Avoid serious risk and injury and bear in mind that moving a large heavy safe requires proper equipment, specialist knowledge and experience to ensure it's done without causing any harm.
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Moving a safe requires specialist skills, experience and knowledge covering manual handling and the use of equipment such as stair lifters, scoots and roller bars. All of this must be compliant with health and safety guidelines for a professional and efficient removal, ensuring minimal disruption to you, your staff and your business.