Ladder Safety For the Holiday Season
This coming Holidays, people are sure to put up lots of decorations around and inside their homes. Sound fun? It sure is! But it would be a lot merrier if no one were to get hurt in the process right?
Every year, thousands of Americans are sent to the hospital for falling off ladders. And many of those happening, just in time for the holidays. According to statistics, More than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year. Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually and these deaths account for 15% of all occupational deaths.
For a safer and merrier holiday season, here are some tips on how to avoid these while putting up your holiday decorations.
Use Appropriate Ladders
Always use a Sturdy ladder when hanging lights and other decorations. Moreso, avoid standing on chairs, tables, or any other furniture.
NEVER stand on the ladder’s top two rungs. If you don’t have the right sized ladder, borrow one from a neighbor, family member, or friend, or take a trip to the local hardware store.
To Use quality, slip-free ladders that have been rated for the proper weight.
They should be in good condition. If you think the ladder is somehow compromised or damaged, do not use it. For the safety of others, dispose of it and label it with " Do Not Use ".
If it's not designed for it....
NEVER tie or fasten together ladders to provide longer sections, unless they have been specifically designed for such use.
Angle is important..
Set your ladder at a proper angle. Make sure it is firmly planted on the ground, also make sure the ground or surface is not slippery.
If you think you can reach it...DON'T
Do not reach anything that is out of reach from your left or right or the ladder could slide. When working with extension ladders, taking an extra step like tying a bungee cord on either side could help ensure your safety. If you really need to reach a certain spot, safely relocate the ladder following the same safety precautions.
Better safe than sorry...
Taking an extra safety measure can make the difference. Check your local weather report, make sure you don't head up the ladder iif the weather is bad. High winds could cause you to lose your balance.
And lastly ensure other's safety as well as yours.
Be cautious by doors. If you’re working by a door that can open toward the ladder, let your family know you’re working there. The last thing you want is for a family member to open the door to grab the newspaper so they can check the holiday ads and crash into you. A good idea is to tape a note on the door reminding your family you’re working.