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Tips on Ladder Safety


PLACEMENT

?Ladders should be placed so each side rail is on level and firm footing so the ladder is rigid, stable and secure.
?Boxes, loose bricks, or other loose packing should not support the side rails.
?No ladder should be placed in front of a door opening towards the ladder.
?The correct angle for a freestanding ladder is 4 to 1. For every 4 lengths up the ladder should stand 1 length away from the house.
?Ladders should rise to a height of at least 3 feet above any landing place for people using the ladder.
?Ladders should be securely fixed at the top and base so they can't from move either points of rest. If this is not possible, then a person should stand at the base of the ladder and secure it manually.

USE

?Carry tools and supplies in belts or pouches around the waist, never in your hands.
?Don't use the top step of the ladder for standing or stepping.
?If you have a fear of heights - STOP - don't climb a ladder let someone else do it.
?Read and follow the manufacturer's warning stickers attached to the ladder. It is amazing how few people read this information.
?Only one person at a time may work from a single ladder.
?Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
?Don't use a ladder if it is missing, or has a weakened, broken or otherwise defective rung or tread.
?No metal ladder or ladder reinforced with wire should be used in the vicinity of any electrical conductor or any electrical equipment.
?Always maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder (2 feet/1 hand or 2 hands/1 foot should be in contact with ladder at all times).
?A ladder should not be used for any use other than its correct use as a ladder. For Example: Scaffolding.

CARRYING

?Carry the ladder balanced horizontally, never up and down.
?Watch your step while carrying the ladder to avoid tripping hazards.

This article was written by Gregg Hicks of http://www.reliableremodeler.com which provides Internet-based home improvement information and services. Offering homeowners a simple, quick, and free way to access, qualified home improvement remodeling contractors.


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