After your Thanksgiving dinner, you may get the itch to put up those holiday decorations. With the dark days of winter here, it is nice to see the lights of the holidays.
If you’re getting ready to hang your outdoor decorations or putting up a tall Christmas tree, here are some safety tips to make sure your holiday season is spent safely with family and friends.
Ladder Safety Tips
1. Check the weather.
Standing on a ladder in high winds could cause you to lose your balance. In addition, a drizzle can cause your ladder to become slippery. Make sure you pick a dry day with calm winds.
2. Inspect the ladder.
Before using your ladder, make sure it’s in good working order. There is nothing broken, or the ladder is not locking into place.
3. Use a ladder that is right for the job.
Different jobs require different-sized ladders. If you use the top step of a ladder to reach the gutters, you need to buy a more extended ladder to be safe. Be sure
the ladder extends three feet above the roof elevation when hanging those lights on the gutter.
4. Don’t over-reach.
Over-stretching on a ladder could cause it to kick out from under you and leave you hanging on the gutter.
5. Watch out for doors.
Remind your family that you are on the ladder by a door, so they do not open the door into the ladder. One idea is to put a note on the door they would open into the ladder so no one goes out the door.
6. Think before you move.
Before making your next move, think about what you want to do and move slowly. Sudden jerks can cause you to lose balance. Don’t do this: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation