Working on any roof can be a dangerous job. However, if the roof increases in height by four feet for every 12 horizontal feet, the roof is considered highly steep. When working on steep roofs, remember to keep these important safety tips top of mind.
Roof Safety Tips
- Do not wear overly tight (or loose) clothing. You want to be able to have full range of motion, but you also don’t want to step on your own pants or get your shirt caught.
- Wear rubber-soles shoes for traction to prevent slipping and falls.
- If the roof is wet (even damp), wait for it to dry before heading up there. If that means you need to wait a day or two, so be it!
- When extending your roof ladder, allow it to extend 36 inches passed the roof eave. This will allow for an easier mount and dismount to and from the roof.
Strap Up With a Roof Harness
Being careful and alert can certainly help you stay safe whilst on a roof, but accidents can happen. To make sure you won’t ever fall from your roof, utilize a roof harness. This safety insurance includes a rope, harness, lanyard, roof anchor, and lag bolts. Make sure to reposition your harness if you’re working more than four feet on either side of where you’re bolted into.
Being on top of your roof is a dangerous place to be, so brush up on your roof safety before heading up there. When you would like an expert installer to inspect, repair, or replace your roof for you, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.