Extension Ladder Safety
Using an extension ladder may seem intuitive, but there's more to it than you think. Before you break one out for your next project, consider these tips from Eric Stromer. Employing his safety advice will help you to properly and efficiently use the handy tool for all of your home improvement needs.
Inspect the ladder to make sure it is structurally sound before putting any weight on it.
Just because the grass is level, that doesn’t mean the ground is level. Uneven surfaces are a ladder’s worst enemy, so make sure you are setting your ladder on stable, even surface.
Make sure your shoes and the ladder rungs are free of any slippery materials. It’s a good idea to keep a rag nearby.
When placing the ladder, beware of any hazards above you and never set your ladder near power lines.
Always keep at least three points attached to the ladder. For example, two feet and one hand.
Don’t exceed the ladder's weight limit. This doesn’t only apply to you, but the tools you’re wearing as well. The maximum weight should be listed on the side of your ladder.
Get the right ladder length for the job. You should never be using the top rung as a step.
Don’t try and move the ladder when you’re on it. No ladder hopping. You’re not a circus performer -- if you need to move it, climb down, move it, and climb back up.
If you have to place a ladder in front of a door, make sure it’s locked or opens the other way.
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