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Ask the Expert: Ladder Safety

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Photo: Gutter Cleaning Service, Dallas, TX

With spring’s arrival, you might feel the urge to get outside and start your yard work early. Ladders are useful tools, but if you do not follow the proper safety tips, you could fall and hurt yourself.

A few useful tips that will help make any ladder project safer…

  • Have someone you trust hold the ladder.
  • Before climbing a ladder, make sure the bottom rails are resting on a dry, level surface and the top rails are on firm surfaces.
  • Make sure your shoelaces are securely tied and you are wearing appropriate footwear.
  • Face the ladder while climbing and stay in the center of the rails.
  • Don’t overreach, and do not lean over the side of the ladder; it’s safer to move the ladder to a new location when needed.
  • Don’t try to “jog” or “walk” the ladder to a new location while standing on it.

If you do fall from a ladder you should –

  • Get up slowly, if you are able.
  • If you feel like you have an injury which prevents standing or walking, call for assistance. If the injury is serious, call 911.
  • If you are not injured, rest for awhile before putting your tools away and calling Titus Built to finish the job for you.

Okay, weekend warrior, you are ready for battle … Just remember that ladders are useful tools, but they should always be used properly to avoid a trip to the emergency room!

-Robert Mondello
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