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Treat your ladder with the respect it deserves

The best part about fall and winter is that you get to use your ladder. A lot. You’ll need it to clean your gutters, and you’ll need it to hang (and take down) all the various holiday lights, starting with Halloween. It’s a wonderful time for a man and his ladder (or a woman), as long as you practice proper ladder safety, you should make it through the holidays injury free.

Ladder safety tips by Metro Reconstruction
Be careful when you get on your ladder to hang lights & decor.
Photo By Ted Johnson from Livermore, CA.

You would be amazed at how many ladder-related injuries come stumbling into the ER on a regular basis. According to a 2007 study, over 130,000 people visited the emergency room each year between 1990-2005 due to ladder-related injuries. And roughly 20% of work-related injuries involve a ladder, so even professionals are at risk. Apparently, many take the ladder for granted and forget that it is a tool that should be treated with caution and respect.

Basic Ladder Safety Instructions
by The American Ladder Institute

Before we go on: No, we did not make that up. Yes, there really is such as thing as the American Ladder Institute!

Ladder safety tips by Metro Reconstruction in Colorado
Over 2 million people visited the ER between 1990 and 2005 due to ladder related issues

And now, basic ladder safety tips:

Don’t start off the holiday season with a broken arm. Practice good ladder etiquette and have a safe and happy ladder season!