Climbing a ladder must be the easiest thing ever, right? If that is your opinion, then you might be surprised to learn that it can be very dangerous to use a ladder. Falls is one of the main causes of injury in homes, and whenever you’re more than 6 feet up, that fall is much more likely to cause serious injury or even death.

So what can you do to avoid the dangers that are connected with climbing a ladder? First of all, you should ensure that the ladder is firmly planted on a level solid surface. If you need to place the ladder on an incline, there are ladders that can be adjusted slightly to compensate for this, but the incline can’t be very large.

When you climb the ladder, you should do so carefully and slowly. Don’t skip rungs, don’t rush when climbing, and always keep at least 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times.

Once you start working from the ladder, don’t extend beyond the ladder. If there is something that is just out of reach, your safest option is to climb down, move the ladder and then climb up to reach it.

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