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 Shape
- Make sure all joints and nuts and bolts are tightly connected
- Make sure all of the rungs are secure
- Ensure the ladder extension locks and the feet are in good working order
- Never climb a damaged or bent ladder
2. Place Your Ladder Appropriately
- Place the ladder on a firm, level surface and ensure a secure footing
- Never place a ladder on a potentially unstable surface, such as a pallet or scaffold
- Do not fasten multiple ladders together to make them reach further
- Ensure the ends of ladder rails are firmly supported
- Only use ladders in the vertical position
3. Take Reasonable Safety Precautions
- Do not place a ladder in front of a door that opens toward it
- Never extend a ladder before setting it up
- Do not over-extend the ladder
- Only extend a ladder from the ground up, never from the roof down
- Do not use a ladder in high winds
4. 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.
5. Use Caution When on the Ladder
- Keep ladders off of window panes
- Only one person should be on a ladder at a time
- Climb the ladder slowly and avoid any sudden movements
- Never move the ladder (or allow anyone else to) while you're on it
- Avoid pulling your body off to the side while on the ladder
6. Use the 1:4 Rule
For every four feet of working length, the ladder's base should be one foot away from the top support.
7. If in Doubt, Use a Spotter
If you are uncertain about your safety, delay the project until a second person can act as a spotter and hold the ladder at the bottom.
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