Lights and Ladders: Holiday Safety Tips
‘Tis the season to put up the holiday lights and decorations, so here’s a quick reminder about ladder safety.
- Use a ladder that is of a grade suitable for the task and your weight.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings. Before using a ladder, check the following:
- Danger label on side of ladder warning of falling hazard
- Right height for job with non-slip feet
- No signs of warping, rust, corrosion, or missing parts
- Placed on level, firm footing and securely locked and braced into place
- Make sure there are no power lines or exposed electrical wiring near the ladder. Never use ladders during storms, or in rainy or windy weather.
- For extension ladders, lean the ladder against a wall at a ratio of 4:1 to stop it from falling over. For example, if ladder is 16 feet tall, place foot of ladder 4 feet from wall.
- When climbing a ladder:
- Always wear enclosed slip-resistant shoes or boots
- Have someone hold the ladder at the base
- Climb the ladder, holding it with both hands and maintain three points of contact.
- Never stand on the highest step on top of ladder.
- When working on a ladder:
- Always grip the ladder with one hand
- Work within arm’s reach of the ladder
- If you can’t easily reach what you need to, climb down and safely reposition.
- Do not use a ladder if you are affected by medication.
- Avoid using a ladder if you are alone or cannot get help in the case of an accident.
Have a safe and happy holiday!