March is Ladder Safety Month and the NDSC offers these tips
to keep you safe during your home projects!
According to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of non-fatal injuries.* Even the thought of climbing a ladder can be scary for some people. The potential for falls and serious injury is enough for many homeowners to leave the gutter cleaning and painting projects to the pros!
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from fall-related injuries at home is to follow simple ladder safety tips. March is Ladder Safety Month and the North Dakota Safety Council offers these tips to keep you safe during your home projects:
1. Do NOT tie ladders together.
2. Place the ladder on stable and level ground. Do not place it on an uneven surface.
3. Place a straight or extension ladder at an angle so the ladder’s base is about one foot out for every four feet of ladder working length.
4. Face the ladder and use both hands to grip the side rails when climbing or descending. Maintain three points of contact at all times.
5. Do not stand on the top two steps of a stepladder or the top four rungs of a straight ladder.
6. Ensure the ladder is fully extended before starting work.
7. Prevent people from walking under or near ladders in use by using barriers or having other people act as a lookout.
8. Do not use ladders near doorways. If you do, make sure the door is locked.
9. Wear proper footwear.
10. Don’t carry tools up a ladder – hoist tools up to you or wear a tool belt.
When people use ladders frequently at work or at home, they run the risk of becoming complacent. Make sure every time you step on a ladder you are mindful of the task at hand, have reviewed the labels on the ladder and confirmed that the ladder is in good working condition.
For more home safety tips, go to www.ndsc.org.
*National Safety Council, Injury Facts