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Do I Buy Empty or Prefilled Sandbags?

Purchasing sandbags seems straightforward, right? Think again! The choice between empty and prefilled sandbags can significantly impact your flood preparedness strategy. Let’s dive into the details and help you make an informed decision.

Prefilled Sandbags

Opting for prefilled sandbags can be a game-changer. Here’s why:

Time-Saving and Convenient: With prefilled sandbags, you eliminate the hassle of sourcing sand and filling bags yourself. They arrive ready to deploy, making them perfect for urgent flood protection needs.

Immediate Use: Prefilled sandbags are especially beneficial in emergency situations. As soon as they arrive, you can start stacking and building your flood defences without delay.

However, before you hit the "checkout" button, consider these potential challenges:

Delivery Restrictions: Many suppliers have strict delivery policies and might not deliver to residential addresses due to access limitations. It's crucial to verify the delivery terms:

  • Delivery Address: Ensure the delivery location is accessible.
  • Ground Conditions: Check the surface where the sandbags will be unloaded – it should be hard and flat.
  • Access for Lorry and Forklift: Make sure there’s enough room for these vehicles.
  • Storage Space: Confirm that you have sufficient space to store the sandbags once delivered.

Prefilled sandbags from LC Packaging are designed for efficiency, filled to two-thirds capacity. This allows them to mould effectively when stacked, providing a robust flood barrier. The two-thirds fill level also makes them easier to handle and less prone to tearing under pressure.

When delivered, these sandbags arrive on a pallet, which needs to be placed on a solid, flat surface – no grass or gravel that might cause sinking or instability.

Empty Sandbags

Empty sandbags come with their own set of advantages:

Flexible Delivery: Empty sandbags can almost always be delivered to residential addresses, easing delivery concerns.

Space-Saving: They occupy less storage space, which is ideal if you’re not using them immediately. However, be prepared to fill them quickly if a flood threat arises.

Custom Fill Level: You have control over the filling process, ensuring each bag meets your specific needs. Filling around 12 sandbags can take up to an hour, so consider the time investment required.

Which Should You Choose?

Both filled and empty sandbags have their merits, but your choice hinges on your specific needs:

Flood Defence: If you need immediate flood protection, prefilled sandbags are the way to go. They’re ready for action upon arrival, though you must navigate potential delivery and storage challenges.

Flexible Usage: If storage space and delivery flexibility are more critical, opt for empty sandbags. Just be prepared for the manual labour of filling them when necessary.

At LC Packaging, we cater to all your sandbag needs, offering a variety of options including Heavy Duty Black UV and Hessian sandbags. We provide next working day delivery or emergency dispatch to ensure you’re never caught off guard by flooding.

Safety Considerations

Remember, the Health & Safety Executive advises that males should not lift items below shoulder height over 20kg, and for females, the limit is 13kg. Always prioritize safety when handling sandbags.

Check out our range of high-quality sandbags and contact us for more information.

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