Ladder Safety Tips to Prevent Injury
Ladders are used every single day by millions of people around the world for a variety of tasks. The question is whether they’re being used safely. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 500,000 people each year are treated for ladder-related injuries; 300 of these accidents are fatal. Think about the last time you used a ladder at home. Perhaps you were using a stepladder to reach the top of a shelf or maybe you were using an extension ladder to clean out your gutters.
Ladder Safety at Home
Ladder safety isn’t just for people who use ladders at work; it’s equally important for those who use ladders in their everyday life. No matter how small or mundane the task, there is always a high risk of injury if a ladder is used incorrectly. Make sure you’re fully equipped to use ladders at home by following these basic ladder safety tips:
- Always read the safety information that is specific to the particular type of ladder you’re using.
- No matter what kind of ladder you’re using, always place the base on a firm, solid surface; avoid wet and slippery surfaces.
- Only one person at a time should use the ladder.
- Always inspect the ladder before each use to ensure it’s in good working condition and doesn’t have any loose or missing parts.
- Wear slip-resistant shoes.
- Do not use ladders in high winds or during storms.
Stay off Your Ladder for Good
One of the worst parts about cleaning your gutters is having to climb a ladder to do so. At Byers, we can help you stay off your ladder by installing a LeafGuard® gutter system. LeafGuard gutters feature a unique, one-piece design that prevents leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris from getting into your gutters, while rainwater flows freely through them and away from your home. Contact us today to learn more!