All you DIY’s that do home repairs, decorations, etc. Ladder safety at home is a thing to remember. Here are some safety tips when using a ladder at home:
- Carefully inspect the ladder for defects, checking for cracks, corrosion and that bolts and rivets are secure. Tag and remove unsafe ladders from service.
- Make sure the ladder's feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads.
- Use a fiberglass ladder if there is any chance of contact with electricity.
- When setting the ladder, look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. Be sure to set it at an angle per the manufacturer's guidance.
- When climbing off a ladder at an upper level, make sure the ladder extends 3 feet above the landing.
- When climbing the ladder, use three points of contact — keep 1 hand and both feet or both hands and 1 foot in contact with the ladder at all times.
- Never carry any load that could cause you to lose balance.
- Never stand on top of a ladder.
- Don't pull, lean, stretch or make sudden moves on a ladder that could cause it to tip over. A scaffold or other safe working surface may be a better choice for your task.
- Avoid setting the ladder near exit doors, near the path of pedestrian.