Ladder Safety

During the holiday season, ladders are used frequently for decorating. Most ladder-related injuries happen because the ladder slips or slides. Here are a few tips to remember.
  • Choose a ladder long enough that you can reach your objective without reaching too far.
  • Make sure the ladder is firmly planted on stable footing. Soft and uneven earth is a particular concern.
  • Secure the ladder or have someone hold it.
  • Keep your body over the ladder. A good rule is to keep your navel within the ladder rails.
  • Reposition the ladder to avoid excessive reaching horizontally.
  • If you must use a ladder for access to an elevated surface, e.g., a roof, be especially careful. Getting off and on increases the chance the ladder will slip.