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  • DIY Ladder Safety

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    Spring is here, and this may mean you're grabbing the ladder to hang some fresh flowers or wash the windows. The most common type of ladder in the home is a stepladder. Mariette Mifflin, About's Guide to Housewares, offers tips for choosing the right stepladder.

    Only choose ladders with the UL seal from Underwriter's Laboratory. Ladders commonly come in three materials: aluminum, wood, or fiberglass. Aluminum is the most durable, but will conduct electricity, making it dangerous for use around electricity. Wood may rot. Fiberglass is the best combination of durability and non-conductivity, but is also the most expensive.

    Using a Ladder
    •    Make sure the ladder is suited for the type of job you plan to do (see the types above).
    •    Before using a ladder, especially a ladder that has been stored in the garage for a while, inspect it for cracks or broken joints.
    •    Place your ladder on a stable, even, flat surface. Never place a ladder on top of another object.
    •    Use the 1:4 ratio to ensure a stable working platform. Place the base of the ladder 1 foot away of whatever it leans against for every 4 feet of height to the point where the ladder contacts at the top (see graphic).
    •    When using an A-frame stepladder, make sure the brace is locked in place.
    •    If climbing onto another surface, make sure the ladder extends at least three feet past the platform you're climbing onto.
    •    Secure tall ladders by lashing or fastening the ladder to prevent movement.
    •    Always face the ladder when climbing or descending.
    •    Keep both feet on the ladder - never put one foot on a rung and the other foot on a different surface.
    •    Do not climb higher than the second rung on stepladders or the third rung on straight or extension ladders.
    •    Never stand on the top or the paint shelf of a stepladder.
    •    Keep your belt buckle (if you have one) positioned between the rungs so it doesn't catch.
    •    Never leave ladders unattended - kids love them.
    •    When working with electricity, use a ladder made of wood or fiberglass.

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