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From time to time when doing DIY projects, you’ll find yourself pulling out the old ladder. But before climbing up on it, let’s make sure you’re being safe.

Here are the 11 Do’s and Don’ts of ladder safety:

11 Do’s & Don’ts of Ladder Safety

  1. Inspect the ladder before using it to be sure it isn’t damaged and it’s free of slippery materials
    on the rungs, steps and feet
  2. Read and follow all of the labels and markings on your ladder. They’re on there for a reason!
  3. Avoid electrical hazards. Look for overhead power lines before handling the ladder.
  4. Never use a self-supporting ladder as a single ladder. The metal brace should always be fully
    locked into place before climbing on the ladder.
  5. Only place a ladder on a stable, level surface. If it wobbles, then you need to find a better spot.
  6. Always maintain a three-point contact on the ladder. Two feet and a hand or vice-versa. It looks
    dorky, but it’s not… safety rules!
  7. Never use the top rung of a ladder, unless the ladder was specifically designed for that purpose.
  8. Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
  9. An extension or straight ladder must extend at least three feet above its point of support.
    Additionally, never step on the top three rungs of this type of ladder
  10. Be sure all the locks on the extension ladder are properly engaged.
  11. The proper angle for an extension or straight ladder is to place its base a quarter of the distance
    of the working length of the ladder from the vertical surface. To test this, stand with your feet at
    the base, reach forward, and your hands should just reach the ladder.

So, protect life’s biggest investment be sure you’re also protecting yourself. Follow the
11 Do’s and Don’ts of Ladder Safety.

Check out this DIY tutorial on YouTube.