5 Tips for Ladder Safety by Crystal Clean Window Cleaning

Whether it’s hanging Christmas lights, cleaning gutters, painting, window cleaning, or changing a light bulb there are many chores around the house that require the use of a ladder.  And no matter what type of ladder you end up using there is always a safety risk involved. So, if you decide to tackle one of these projects on your own here are five tips to reduce your risk of injury.

1.  Have Safety on your Mind- Especially on a step ladder.

Statistics show that most injuries actually occur on  3′-6′ step ladders.  The reason why is that people tend to not feel the need to follow safety guidelines because the risk for major injury seems to be less.  When your only 3′ off the ground you may lose focus of safe ladder practices.  Sure, a fall from this height may not be life threatening but who wants to deal with a sprained ankle or wrist.

2.  Keep a hand on the Ladder – At Crystal Clean we call this “3 points of contact”.  This means at all times you should have both your feet and at least one hand touching the ladder.  If both hands are off the ladder you run the risk of losing your balance and you won’t have anything to hold on to if you begin to fall.

3.  Leg Levelers-  Leg Levelers are a device that attaches to the bottom of your extension ladder legs in place of the standard feet that come on the ladder.  These devices allow you to safely set up your ladder on uneven ground.  If you don’t have leg levelers you greatly increase the risk of you ladder falling even on very slightly uneven ground.  Don’t be the guy who has to put a brick under one ladder foot to balance it out.

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4.  Proper set up-  Knowing the proper angle in which to set your ladder to the house is critical.  If your angle is too steep your ladder can tip backwards on you.  If your angle is too flat your ladder feet can slip away from the house and you’ll come crashing down (This happened to me in high school before I was properly trained on a ladder).  The self-test shown in the picture below will help you determine if you ladder set up is proper.

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5.  Use a spotter-  It may seem inconvenient, but when in doubt always have someone come spot your ladder.  Call your neighbor, wait for the spouse to get home, whatever it takes but don’t climb that ladder if it may be unsafe.  Once you get your spotter on site, have them put one their feet on each foot of the ladder with both their hands against the side rails of the ladder.  This will greatly reduce the risk of the ladder feet sliding out or the ladder tipping right or left.

BE SAFE ON YOUR LADDER!

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