Climbing a ladder is an easy feat, but it’s the “not losing your balance and falling” part that’s a bit difficult. To prevent accidents and possible injuries, you’ll need to practice basic ladder safety. And the first step is to determine if what you’re hearing about is an actual ladder safety tip or a misconception. The trusted rain gutter covers company in the area, Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore, debunks some common myths about ladder safety.
You don’t need to inspect your ladder beforehand. On the contrary, checking your ladder for damage is the first thing you should do. Make sure to look for loose or missing steps or rungs, faulty spreaders or locks, and loose nails, screws, or bolts. Inspect the ladder for signs of rust or corrosion, excessive wear, and damaged extension locks, as well.
You can wear any type of footwear. Absolutely not. Even if your ladder has slip-resistant treads, or bumps on the steps or rungs, stuff like grease, mud, snow, and other slippery materials can render its effectiveness moot. For this reason, make sure to always wear non-slip footwear, and before climbing up, check under your shoes for any stuck materials. If there are, wipe them off before proceeding.
You can climb to the second-to-top step. This is not okay. The highest step you should ever climb is the third-from-the-top step or rung. That’s because the higher you climb, the more downward pressure is placed on the ladder, making it unstable and risky.
But Here’s an Idea
You don’t actually have to climb any ladders and risk getting up close and personal to gravity. Perhaps the only reason you think climbing one is necessary is so you can clean the gutters or check their condition. But you no longer have to do this when you turn to Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore. We offer exceptional Gutter Helmet® gutter covers that help prevent leaves, pine needles and other loose debris from clogging up your system. They make this possible with their patented nose-forward design, which allows rainwater to flow smoothly through the gutters and out the downspouts, while shedding off debris so they fall harmlessly to the ground.
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Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore is your go-to company for the highest quality rain gutter covers available today. With our Gutter Helmet® systems, we’ll make sure your gutters can remain clear and clog-free all year round. Call us today at (866) 333-8150 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve Salisbury, MD, and the nearby areas.