Roofing Safety Tips

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Installing new roofing is not the easiest of jobs because it takes patience, precision, and years of experience. Not only is it a difficult task, but it is also a dangerous one. Many people will avoid working on their roofs themselves, but if you are then you should exercise extreme caution.

Keep It Clear
A messy work area can be a dangerous work area when it comes to roofing. Make sure all of your tools and materials are clean and organized. Be aware of your surroundings by making sure there are no passersby that can enter your workspace, especially children and animals.

Hold On Tight
In the U.S. an average of six roofers per year die from falling on the job, according to Professional Roofing magazine. Under no circumstance should you work on a roof while it is precipitating or while it is wet. Use straps and harnesses to secure yourself while on the roof, especially when the roof has a steep pitch.

Nice & Steady
In order to get up to the roof you will need a ladder. Make sure all ladders have been approved by O.S.H.A. and are inspected before each use. The ladder should be placed on an even surface and should be extended 36 inches above the eave of the roof. Climb all ladders slowly and never lean too far to the left or right.

Most safety tips will seem obvious and unoriginal, but they are often disregarded due to forgetfulness, laziness, and carelessness. Safety is simple and should always be a top priority. Not everyone is made to be a roofer and that’s okay! That’s why Preferred Exterior exists and we’re here to help with all of your roofing and siding needs! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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