Spring is coming, and ladders will start coming out of garages and sheds for projects around the house. Make sure you use this work companion safely. More than 164,000 emergency room visits annually are caused by ladder accidents, and the injuries can be deadly.
May we suggest:
- Check the maximum load rating of the ladder, and dont exceed capacity.
- Use a ladder that is the proper length. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that the ladder extend 3 feet beyond the roofline or working surface, and the top three rungs should not be used for standing.
- Extension ladders or straight single ladders should be positioned at about a 75 degree angle.
- Never go up a ladder in front of a door if the door isnt blocked from opening.
- Make sure all extension locks or safety braces are properly set up.
- Do not use metal ladders around electrical wiring.
- Make sure the ladder is on a firm and level surface. A helper holding the ladder is the best practice.
- Do not leave a raised ladder unattended. Kids are quick and ladders are tempting.
- Read and follow manufacturers instructions for use of the ladder.
When you use a ladder, step up for safe use.…