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Whether it’s gutter guard cleaning or replacing outdoor lights, you must use a ladder with caution. Thousands of people end up in the emergency room (ER) yearly because of ladder-related injuries. If you don’t know how to use this tool, it might be best to let an experienced professional do the job.

Here are the basics of ladder safety.

Determine the Ideal Height

Avoid overreaching or standing on the top two rungs of a stepladder. It’s the same for the top three rungs of an extension ladder. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of a fall. Always choose a taller ladder for the task so you can move more comfortably. 

Find the Right Angle

Your ladder shouldn’t be too close or too far from the structure where it will be leaning. Placing the base of your ladder too far from the wall will cause it to slip. If it is too close to your home, it could fall over. As a general rule, there must be four feet of ladder height, with the base being one foot from the wall. 

Use a Tool Belt

Keeping your hands free while on a ladder is essential for your safety. When climbing a ladder, use both your hands to hold onto it. It will help to use a tool belt and a rope to bring materials and equipment up and down the ladder. 

Secure Locks

Before climbing an extension ladder, secure rung locks and lid the fly section or upper portion in front of the base. If you are using a stepladder, completely extend the rail spreaders. 

Only Allow the Ladder to Stand on Even, Stable Surface

The base of your ladder should only be placed on a stable surface. If the ground is uneven, you can dig out the dirt and place the legs on a wide plank. Never put your ladder on a slippery or icy surface where it could shake and slip. 

At Gutter HelmetĀ® of Cookeville, we are here to make gutter guard cleaning a breeze. We install high-quality and low-maintenance gutter protection systems. Call us at (866) 985-9982, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Cookeville, TN.

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