Although a ladder is a widespread and useful tool it needs to be used correctly for it to be safe. Using a ladder correctly and safely is not done as often as it should be. The misuse of ladders and related incidents are far too common.

So how can we prevent accidents and use ladders more safely at home? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • A great tip to remember when using ladders is the belt bucket rule.  Stay centered and don’t let your belt buckle go past either side rail. If climbing to significant heights a fixed ladder is advised.
  • Stepladders should always be spread to their full extent and locked, and the platform should not be used as a step. Neither should the tool shelf or the rear part of the ladder be used this way.
  • Only use ladders designed for their purpose. And make sure you’re using the right type of ladder for the job. Inspect the ladder for any damage and rethink your plans if you feel fatigued or dizzy.
  • Make sure the ladder is on a firm and level surface, and maintain three points of contact.

Ladder safety rules are straightforward, and it could be because of their simplicity that they sometimes get ignored. When using ladders at home people are more likely to find reckless workarounds to work-impeding problems. So it’s very important to understand and follow the rules even when using ladders at home.

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