Winter ladder safety tips for homeowners
Ensure the weight of the ladder is supported and does not exceed the maximum load rating – including both the ladder user and the materials used. Only ever allow one person on the ladder at a time.
The ladder must be the proper length for the job – a minimum of around three feet extending over the work surface. Never stand on the top three rungs of the ladder.
Single, or straight, extension ladders must be set up at around a 75-degree angle and all metal ladders must have slip-resistant feet.
Always be aware that aluminium ladders will conduct electricity. If working near power lines or other electrical equipment, use a wooden or fiberglass step ladder. Never ever let a metal ladder make contact with any materials in contact live electric wires.
When using extension ladders, ensure all locks are properly engaged.
Always check the ground under the ladder – ensuring it is both level and firm. If it is not, you can level uneven or soft ground using large flat wooden boards under the ladder.
It is wise to have someone else manning the ladder at the bottom to help keep it secure. Do not leave your ladder unattended.
Never ever place you place your ladder the front of an unlocked door. Accidents can easily happen if someone walks out of the door.
Remember to keep your body in the centre of the rails of the ladder at all times and under no circumstances never lean on either side while working.
Use appropriate ladders for the tasks at hand. Never step on the top step or try to use the rear section of a step ladder.
Most importantly, always follow use instruction labels on ladders.
For more information on different types of extension ladders and ladder safety, visit the product pages.