Taking Safety To New Heights
Do you have a fear of heights?
Does the sight of a wobbly ladder make you nervous? You are not alone.
In the United States, emergency rooms around the country see more than 135,000 people come through their doors from ladder-related injuries. Consumer Reports has several tips on ladder safety including the following:
- Maintain strong and safe equipment: keep your ladder clean and dry, and check regularly for any dents or cracks.
- Place your ladder on a solid, level surface. Never stack any objects underneath your ladder to make it level.
- Never lean your ladder against any surface that cannot support both sides of the ladder. Make sure you lean the ladder against a wide and sturdy object like a large tree or a wall.
- A good rule of thumb is to set up an extension ladder’s base one foot away from the surface the ladder is against for every 4 feet up the ladder goes.
- Make sure your extension ladder reaches 3 feet past your working area (such as the roofline).
- Watch out for power lines and other hazards while raising a ladder.
- Keep yourself centered on the ladder. Don’t reach up or out so far that you become unbalanced.
- Never try to move the ladder when you’re standing on it. Do not try to “walk” the ladder to a new position while you’re on it.
Activities like window washing in Madison, WI can require using a ladder to reach higher levels of houses. If your home in Madison, WI has angles that make it hard to access your windows, or if the thought of climbing up a ladder makes you nervous, Clear Vision Cleaning can help make the cleaning process easier for you.