Ladder Safety 101

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In order to fix a roof shingle, patch a piece of siding at the top of your house, or clean your gutters, you need to be able to climb a ladder. Not knowing how to properly climb a ladder will increase your risk of falling and hurting yourself.

Whether the ladder is 10 days old or 10 years old, you’re going to want to inspect it first. Look for any signs of damage or defects that could cause it to weaken or break. Aluminum or wooden, it doesn’t matter — all ladders need to be looked over before use. Otherwise, one wrong step could send you spiraling downwards.

Firmly Planted
The setup of your ladder should always be done on a flat and firm floor. A leveled concrete surface is always recommended. On the grass is not the ideal placement of your ladder because it can sink into the dirt, becoming uneven and unsafe. You also need to make sure there is nothing in the surrounding area that could knock into the ladder, like a door that could open up.

Do Not Shake It Off
Climb the ladder slow and steady until you’re at the top. Climbing too fast can result in a loss of balance and a shift in the position of the ladder. Make sure you hold onto both of the handrails as you climb up so you can keep your balance. As a rule of thumb, always have three points of contact while climbing — two feet and one hand, or one foot and two hands.

Climbing a ladder to repair your roof or clean your gutters can be a dangerous task, which is why you should know the proper way to do it. If you don’t want to risk falling, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior to fix your roof, siding, or gutters. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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