Tuesday, March 06, 2018 08:31 AM

STAY SAFE ON THAT LADDER

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - by Jay Bell, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

As the cold weather slowly fades and warmer temperatures become more and more common, many home owners thoughts in Chattanooga and the surrounding area turn to a traditional activity this time of year: spring cleaning.

But whether you enjoy getting your house in order or would rather tackle only the bare minimum of necessary chores, its important to work safely especially if that work involves dragging out a ladder.

March is Ladder Safety Month. The Ladder Safety Institute has some helpful tips for home owners that are worth reading before climbing that first rung.

Choose the right ladder. Ladders are designed to hold a specific amount of weight, or duty rating not just for the person climbing it but for the paint cans or toolboxes he or she may be carrying. Stepladders are not designed to be leaned against a wall. And extension ladders need to be able to be extended far enough to safety reach rooftops or peaked ceilings.

Dont overreach. American Ladder Institute treasurer Dave Plotner has seen this too many times: You are standing on a ladder painting, your ladder is up against a wall, and ...

News source: The Chattanoogan.com

See also: HBAGC