Many people are getting geared up for the holidays. The holiday season means hanging Christmas lights, trimming the tree and putting up other decorations around the house. For a lot of people, it also means using a ladder to help get all the decorating done. According to the CPSC, more than 13,000 people were treated in emergency rooms in November and December 2010. Here are some decorating tips from the CPSC so you can start the holiday season the right way and avoid being one of those statistics:
- 1. Choose the correct ladder for the job. If you’re working on the roof, that means a ladder that extends at least 3 feet over the roof line or working surface.
- 2. Place your ladder on level and firm ground. Use leg levelers or a ladder with Ratchet Leveler™
adjusters under the ladder to help level uneven o r soft ground.
- 3. Use a ladder with the correct weight rating for you and your equipment.
- 4. Check the ladder feet and make sure the make sure they are in good condition.
- 5. Never use an aluminum ladder near power lines or electrical equipment. Use fiberglass ladders if you will be working with or near electrical equipment.
- 6. Inspect all rung locks and spreader locks to make sure they are all set.
- 7. If using an extension ladder, have a helper hold the bottom of the ladder.
- 8. Keep ladders away from a door that can be opened.
- 9. Only have one person on a ladder at a time.
- 10. Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times.
- 11. Never stand on the top three rungs of an extension ladder.
- 12. Stay off of the ladder’s top rung
Hopefully following these tips will help you be safer this holiday season!