DIY roof work is dangerous not only because you might damage the roof, but also because you may lose your footing and fall. Poor use of the ladder is one of the reasons you may fall and injure yourself while working on the roof. Here are a few tips to help you avoid that:
Wear Nonslip Shoes
You can easily slip and fall off the ladder if you are wearing the wrong shoes. Therefore, put on your nonslip shoes faster before climbing the ladder. Also, make sure the soles of the shoes are dry and clean because moisture or dirt may render them slippery. Don't go up the ladder if you don't have such footwear.
Don't Overload the Ladder
Ladders are rated based on the maximum weight they can safely carry. However, many people only consider their weights and forget to factor in the weight of any tools and materials they may have to carry up the ladder; this increases the risk of overloading the ladder. Therefore, sum up your weight and the weights of everything you will be carrying up the ladder to ensure you don't overload it.
Set the Ladder on Firm Ground
A ladder can only be safe if it is set on a firm and level ground. That is the only way you can be sure the ladder won't slip off its footing once you are on top of it. If the ground is uneven or too soft, either level the ground to a hard surface or use a flat material, such as a wooden board, between the ladder and the ground.
Use Nonconductive Ladder near Electrical Wires
Metal is a common ladder material; unfortunately, it is an electrical conductor, which means it's dangerous to use near electrical wires. Therefore, avoid metal ladders if you will be working on a part of the roof with electrical connections. Instead, opt for nonconductive materials, such as fiberglass, to avoid electrical shock.
Maintain a 3-Point Contact
While on the ladder, you should always ensure that at least three of your limbs are in full contact with the ladder to provide maximum support. This means you should always have two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot on the ladder. Having only two feet on the ladder or one foot and one hand breaks the 3-point contact safety rule and increases the risk of falling.
DIY roofing may save you some money, but only if you know what you are doing. As a rule, it's advisable to stick to issues you can handle from the ground and leave the rest to professionals. Visit resources such as http://osmusroofing.com/ to learn more.
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