Every homeowner should invest in a good ladder for various jobs around the house. But it’s important to use the ladder safely and cautiously to avoid common injuries. There are many causes for ladder injuries. Losing one’s balance, not setting up the ladder properly, or overreaching while working, just to name a few.
It’s important to remember a few safety tips to prevent injuries.
- Never place a ladder in front of a door that is not locked or blocked or guarded
- Don’t use a ladder in windy conditions or if you are not fully alert or physically able to. It is important to properly mount and dismount the ladder
- Be sure to never put a ladder on an unstable or uneven surface.
- Always check the ladder steps and rungs to make sure they are free from any oil, grease, wet paint, or other slippery hazards.
- The feet of the ladder should be checked to make sure they are working properly and have the proper slip-resistant pads.
- Always face the ladder and be conscious of the location of the ladder.
- Keep your body centered between the rails and do not lean too far to the side when you’re working.
- Be sure that the ladder you’re using is a proper length for the job. Ladders should extend a minimum of 3 feet over working surfaces.
To summarize, use common sense and basic safety practices to prevent injuries and accidents that are caused by using a ladder improperly.