From changing your fire detector to cleaning the gutters, some jobs just can't get done without a ladder's help. But, it's important to follow a few rules to ensure you remain safe and injury-free as you complete your task. Here are seven safety tips to consider before you step on the first rung.1. Ensure the Ladder is Sturdy and in Good ShapeMake sure all joints and nuts and bolts are tightly connectedMake sure all of the rungs are secureEnsure the ladder extension locks and the feet are in good working orderNever climb a damaged or bent ladder2. Place Your Ladder AppropriatelyPlace the ladder on a firm, level surface and ensure a secure footingNever place a ladder on a potentially unstable surface, such as a pallet or scaffoldDo not fasten multiple ladders together to make them reach furtherEnsure the ends of ladder rails are firmly supportedOnly use ladders in the vertical position3. Take Reasonable Safety PrecautionsDo not place a ladder in front of a door that opens toward itNever extend a ladder before setting it upDo not over-extend the ladderOnly extend a ladder from the ground up, never from the roof downDo not use a ladder in high winds4. Wear Proper Footwear
Shoes with leather soles should not be worn while climbing a ladder. The American Ladder Institute recommends wearing clean, slip-resistant shoes.