How to Fill a Sandbag
With all this rain coming, many who have never dealt with sandbags are getting a gritty in-person education even as this is being written. As with any other physical activity know your limits. Filling and carrying sandbags is some of the gruntiest of grunt-type work and involves a shovel and the bag. And that's it - it is hard physical work.
Bring Water - Don't Get Into A Big Rush - Hydrate & Know Your Limitations
A filled sandbag can weigh upwards of 70 lb, ten of them in the back of your SUV will add 700 lbs lickety split to your cars carrying capacity. With an average of 20 bags necessary to cover a single average homes doorway, you're dealing with over a half ton of weight now.
Like everything else there is a technique. Don't let this seemingly simple act break your back.
Bring gloves and a helper if you can, don't overload yourself. If you're loading sandbags you'll want your back and arms to remain in usable condition for whatever the weather throws us over the next few days. Sandbagging is tough physical exertion. Remember the basics, keep your fluids up, take plenty of breaks and bend your knees when lifting.
Remember sandbags will likely not completely stop water from entering your home but can slow it down tremendously if done right, and given the amount of work it is, might as well do it right.
And after it is all over, don't 'play' in the sand or toss it into the kids sandbox, if the bag has been touched by floodwater, then remember there are all kinds of nasties in floodwaters as far as germs, bacterium, chemicals and who know's what all.