Over 6,000 people die from falling off ladders each year and more than 30,000 people are injured and require emergency room treatment. So, while you might think that you already know how to use a ladder safely, now’s a good time to review ladder do’s and don’ts:
• Always select the correct ladder for the job. That’s one that extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface.
• Always place your ladder on level and firm ground. Use leg levelers under the ladder to level uneven or soft ground. Leg levelers are devices that you can buy at a hardware or home improvement store.
• Make sure the ladder can support both your weight and the load you are putting on it by checking the ladder’s maximum load rating.
• Make sure your straight and adjustable ladders have both slip-resistant feet.
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