One of the most used tools is a ladder. Pretty much every home has one. Did you know that more than 20,000 people are killed through ladder related accidents? They can come in different sizes and styles. There is the extension ladder, step ladder, rope ladder, and so on. Although these are common tools to have around the home, what many people don't know is how dangerous these things can be if you aren't careful. This article will talk about some of the safety issues that you should keep in mind whenever you use any type of ladder.
The first thing you need to know is how to use a ladder properly. The proper use of a ladder will depend on the particular ladder that you have. The higher the ladder, the more dangerous it will be since the harder you will fall if something happens to cause you to lose your grip or balance. The most important thing you need to check is the footing of the ladder. It should be placed on a level surface and be stable. Many times people will have their ladder a little bit off balance and think that it will not matter. Just know that a small off balance at the base can cause a huge off balance at the top of the ladder.
The next thing you need to check before using a ladder is that it's leaning against something that is stable. Many people will lean it against things like tree branches or other weak supports. This is dangerous and if you're going to do that, at the very least have someone there to hold the ladder. Another thing that people do wrong is stepping past the "don't step on" rung of the ladder. You can avoid this simply by buying a ladder that is high enough for you to reach what you need to reach.
When in doubt, have someone hold the ladder for you. If you are going to use a ladder by yourself, at the very least have a cell phone near by so you can call for emergency if you happen to fall. Keep these tips in mind the next time you step on a ladder and you will avoid being one of the 20,000 people who die every year.