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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:43

Ladder Safety Tips for National Ladder Safety Month

The Importance of Ladder Safety

March is Ladder Safety Month 

You need to use a ladder for some household jobs, such as cleaning the leaves out of your gutters or touching up the paint on your exterior trim. However, if you reach just a little too far, you may suddenly find yourself on the ground! A fall from a ladder can cause major injuries, some of which can be fatal.

Ladder Safety Basics

Setup with Caution:

  • Make sure that you select the right ladder for the task you are doing by checking the length of the ladder and its duty rating.
  • If you are doing work near power lines, never use a metal ladder because they conduct electricity.
  • Before using a ladder, inspect it for damage to the rungs, spreaders and safety feet.
  • Do not place a ladder in front of a door that is not locked or guarded.
  • Place ladders on steady surfaces that are flat and firm.

Usage Warnings:

  • Do not be in a rush to finish a job, especially when working up high.
  • Make sure that the weight your ladder is supporting does not exceed the maximum load rating.
  • Do not allow more than one person on a ladder at a time.
  • Stay centered between the rails of a ladder at all times and do not lean too far to the sides when working.
  • Never step on the top step or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.
  • Come down from a ladder if you start to feel dizzy or tired.

Safety First for Kids

Kids are curious by nature and most are also fascinated by tools and gadgets. Do not leave a raised ladder unattended—a curious little one could come by, climb up and take a big tumble.

Safety Tips Video by American Ladder Institute:

Choosing the Right Ladder for the Job

The American Ladder Institute provides information on choosing the right ladder. Before you use or choose a ladder, evaluate where you will use the ladder and how you will use it. Knowledge of ladders allows you to choose the right ladder for the job -- and helps you do the job safely.

Click here to read "Ladders 101" by the American Ladder Institute.

Download the Ladder Safety Basics PDF to keep handy at home.

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