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Ladder Safety at Home Starts with You


Ladder safety is important for anyone at home. It's not just about the safety of you, but also that of your family and friends. Ladder accidents happen when people don't use their ladders correctly and can lead to serious injuries or even death. The good news is that you can prevent these accidents by following a few simple rules:

Make sure your ladder is the right size.

Make sure your ladder is the right size.

  • Use a ladder that's tall enough for the job: A person should be able to reach their work area without having to stand on tiptoe or stretch, and they should be able to easily climb down from the top of the ladder with both feet on solid ground.

  • Use a sturdy, stable ladder for every task: Sturdy ladders are less likely to wobble or collapse under weight than lightweight ones. If you're going up high, check that your chosen model has wide enough rungs or steps (at least 12 inches apart) so you can stand comfortably and safely while working there; if you're going down low, make sure there aren't any gaps between rungs so nothing falls through them when you walk across them!

Make sure to inspect your ladder before using it.

Before you use your ladder, make sure to inspect it. Check for damage, loose screws or bolts, frayed ropes and missing rungs or steps. If you notice any cracks or splinters in the wood then do not use that part of the ladder until you've repaired it. Also check hinges to make sure they are secure before using them on high ladders and start by setting up one side of your ladder first so that if anything goes wrong during setup (like getting hurt) you'll only fall onto one side rather than both sides at once!

Never use a ladder that is cracked, splintered or warped.

When you're looking for a ladder, make sure it is in good condition. Inspect the ladder before you use it to ensure that there are no cracks, splinters or warps. If you find that your ladder has any of these issues, do not use it--it's dangerous! If you have a cracked or warped stepladder at home and want to get rid of it safely:

  • Make sure that all four legs are touching the ground at all times when setting up your stepladder so it doesn't tip over while being moved around the house.

  • Take apart any extension pieces before putting them away (or store them separately) so they don't get damaged while being stored away.

Always wear shoes with non-slip soles when you climb on a ladder.

Always wear shoes with non-slip soles when you climb on a ladder. The non-slipping feature can help prevent accidents, especially if you have to walk across the roof or other uneven surfaces while working.

Never stand on one leg while holding onto something for support.

You should never stand on one leg while holding onto something for support. If you're using a stepladder and are holding onto the top rung for balance, then you only have two points of contact with the ladder. If you lose your balance and fall, this could cause serious injury or death.

Ladders can be dangerous when used incorrectly by those who are unfamiliar with their proper use. To avoid injuries such as broken bones or sprains:

  • Always use three points of contact when climbing up or down any type of ladder (two feet plus one hand). This keeps your body balanced properly so that if one part slips off there are still two others keeping it upright. You should also keep both feet flat at all times; never place them at an angle because this makes falling easier!

  • Never stand on top 3 rungs/steps when using a stepladder unless absolutely necessary--and even then make sure someone else is nearby to catch anyone who might lose their balance after reaching their destination point!"

Don't step too far out on the end of a step ladder.

  • Don't stand on the top rung.

  • Don't lean a ladder against a wall and climb up it, as this can cause the ladder to tip over and you could fall off.

  • Don't use a stepladder with only one leg on the ground, as it will be unstable and dangerous to use.

Don't overreach and make sure there's something solid to hold onto if you need to stretch up to get something from a high shelf.

When you're climbing a ladder, don't overreach and make sure there's something solid to hold onto if you need to stretch up to get something from a high shelf.

Don't reach for anything that is too far away or too heavy for you to handle safely. When reaching for objects on shelves, don't stretch too far or lean out from the ladder without making sure there's nothing behind where your feet are standing that could cause an accident should they slip off the rungs of the ladder while holding something heavy in both hands (like paint cans).

You can prevent accidents by buying quality ladders, inspecting them and using them properly

  • Buy the right size ladder for the job.

  • Inspect it for splinters, cracks or warping.

  • Wear non-slip shoes (such as tennis shoes).

  • Use a helper if you need to move something heavy.

  • Be sure to step out on the end of the ladder when moving from one place to another; don't carry it between two points unless absolutely necessary!


The most important thing to remember about ladder safety is that it's your responsibility. You can't rely on other people to make sure that you're using their ladders correctly, so always make sure that you're doing everything right before climbing up or down one.

Building Specs Home Inspection Service offers home inspections in Orange, San Diego and South Los Angeles Counties. Contact us to request an appointment for our services.


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