Last week, we talked about ladder safety at work, and today we want to talk about ladder safety at home. A lot of the same safety pieces apply to being safe at home. Let’s talk about some of them.
When using a stepladder, there are a few safety precautions you want to take.
-Make sure the spreader bars are straight and locked into place.
-Before climbing, make sure the ladder is on even ground. All four ladder feet need to be in contact with the ground or floor.
-Never stand on the top rung or top cap.
-Unless if you are using a ladder specifically designed for two, only have one person climb the ladder at a time
-Always stay between the rails since leaning to either side could cause the ladder to tip
-Never climb a stepladder while it is in a closed position, leaning against the wall
-Don’t leave your ladder unattended. When working on projects at home, it would be easy for kids or neighbors to climb your ladder while you are gone
Extension Ladder Safety
Extension ladders can help you with house projects, but they come with some safety concerns too. Here are a couple of tips to help you be safer.
-To extend the ladder, lay it on the ground with feet braced against the house. Raise the ladder by walking it upright, hand over hand.
-Once the ladder is in the correct position, use the ladder’s rope to telescope the fly to the correct height. Then, make sure the rung hooks are locked securely.
-Before climbing, set the ladder up at the correct angle, and 1:4 ratio. For example, if the ladder is 16 feet tall, it should be four feet from the wall. NIOSH also has an app that can help you know when your ladder is at the correct height.
-Make sure the ladder feet are both set firmly on the ground, and make sure the ground is firm, not wet, muddy or snow-covered.
-Have your ladder extend three feet above the roof line, and don’t stand on those rungs
-Steer clear of power lines, or anything that might conduct electricity
-Once you start climbing, make sure to always face the ladder
-Never lean while on the ladder. Instead, follow the “belt buckle rule” and keep your body between the rails.