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Ladder Safety

As the leaves begin to fall in Texas, it's that time of year to get the ladder outFrom November 1-January 31falling off a ladder caused 43% of fall injuries that required medical treatmentFollow these ladder safety tips to prevent a potential injury this holiday season: 

  • Before using or moving your ladder, read the safety label. 
  • Inspect the ladder for cracks, loose rungs, and sharp edges. 
  • Clean your ladder to prevent slippery conditions and always wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Make sure your ladder is tall enough for the job. 
  • Set your ladder on firm and even ground.  
  • When using a non-self-supporting ladder, be sure to position it at such an angle that the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about 1/4 the working length of the ladder. 
  • Always use the “Three Points of Contact” rule during ascent, descent, and while working on a ladderThe climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails. This way, the climber is not likely to become unstable in the event one limb slips during the climb. 
  • Do not carry any objects in either hand that can interfere with a firm grip on the ladder. 

Whether you are cleaning the leaves out of your gutters or hanging Christmas lights, stay safe this holiday season following these ladder safety tips.

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