Spring cleaning is just around the corner! From clearing out gutters to dusting the furthest corners of the kitchen cabinets, we will be reaching and stretching, all while climbing stools and ladders. Falls from a ladder can result in devastating musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurologic injuries.
So, while pulling out your ladder this spring season, please keep in mind the following ladder safety tips:
- Always use a stable Type 1A extension ladder.
- If the ladder is being used close to electrical lines, make sure the ladder is made of fiberglass.
- Always have an assistant stand at the base of the ladder to protect and stabilize the ladder while someone is working at the top of a ladder.
- The ladder should be extended 3 feet beyond the roof and angled at 75 degrees from the ground in order to prevent falling. This is approximately 1 foot out for every 4 feet of height.
- Always face the ladder when ascending and descending, so as to prevent falling.
- Never reach more than one foot to either side of the ladder and never stand above the recommended height or step in order to gain extra reach.
Take your time while clearing out your yard and home this spring. Keep these safety tips in mind and follow them closely to avoid any unwanted trips to the emergency room.