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Dec
08
Five festive tips to avoid Christmas ladder falls
Posted On: 08-12-2014
The Ladder Association is sharing five festive tips to avoid ladder injuries this Christmas so you can deck the halls in safety.
 
It's also offering a gift to everyone who uses a ladder at work or at home for DIY via its annual Ladder Exchange Scheme until Dec 31. The scheme allows members of the public and trades to exchange old, dodgy, bent or broken ladders for new at a discount via participating firms (we are one, see our full product range).
 
Ladder Association chairman, Cameron Clow, said: “Between worsening weather and people putting up their decorations, Christmas is one of the most important times to make sure that people are being safe.

“This year the Ladder Association’s special Christmas guidance is a gift to everyone who might climb up a ladder at home or at work.”

Five festive tips for putting up the decorations safely

It may be tempting to grab the nearest office chair – even if it does have wheels – but you can avoid joining the ranks of those who fall at work by following these festive safe ladder use tips:
  1. Loft ladder, leaning ladder or stepladder: Use the right one for the job
  2. Check it’s safe: Are the treads firm, clean and in good condition?
  3. Position it correctly: Make certain it’s secure and won’t slip
  4. Don’t cut corners, deck the halls on a stepladder not a dining chair
  5. Why fall for it? Never risk stretching up or overreaching

Read the tips in full below... 

1. Loft ladder, leaning ladder or stepladder: Use the right one for the job

The best way to access a loft is by using a properly installed loft ladder which conforms to BS EN 14975. If you don’t have one then it would make a great early Christmas present – and it may save your life. But never use a loft ladder that is not correctly installed, it will collapse if it is not properly fixed at the top.

Stepladders are not designed for getting to another surface and they can be very unstable when used in this way.

If you don’t have a properly installed loft ladder, then use a leaning ladder and install some strong tie points so that you can secure the ladder to prevent it slipping. Shiny laminate wood flooring, loose rugs or runners can cause the feet of the ladder to slide. Ideally, make sure a leaning ladder  projects one metre above the loft floor to give you a handhold when stepping on and off.

Get someone to help you so that you can pass the decorations down rather than trying to carry them. Keep a firm grip on the ladder when climbing and wear good shoes! Don’t go up and down in your socks or with bare feet!

2. Check it’s safe: Are the treads firm, clean and in good condition?

Step ladders conforming to BS EN 131 or BS2037 are the ideal piece of equipment for getting the Fairy onto the top of the tree (unless you can put it on before you stand the tree up). But don’t think your Fairy Godmother can save you if you don’t take some common sense precautions.

Never overreach. Make sure the stepladder is tall enough and don’t stretch up or out to hang that last bauble! Keep your belt buckle inside the sides of the ladder and below the top. Overreaching will make the stepladder unstable and cause it to overturn. If you cannot reach the top then get a taller step ladder. You can stand on the platform of a platform step ladder but never stand on the knee or handrail. Never stand on the top three treads of a step ladder which does not have a platform.

3. Position it correctly: Make certain it’s secure and won’t slip

If they are still not up there from last year then you may be hanging up the Christmas lights on the outside of your house. The most obvious thing to be careful of is the weather.

It’s a good idea to install some strong tie points in the walls around your house at useful places where you can secure a ladder to stop it slipping. They will also be handy at times other than Christmas when you want to use a leaning ladder. As a last resort get someone to hold the ladder but this is not nearly as safe as tying it properly.

Make sure a leaning ladder is tall enough to do the job  – you must never stand on the top three rungs. Do not be tempted to reach out that little bit further to put up that last light. Keep both feet on the same rung when working and keep your belt buckle inside the sides of the ladder.

4. Don’t cut corners, deck the halls on a stepladder not a dining chair

If you normally stand on the dining chairs, a nest of tables or the arm of the sofa to pin up the paper chains then it’s time to start playing safe – Christmas in A&E is not much fun. Get out the stepladder and do the job properly.

Check the ladder before you use it. Make sure all the treads are secure, and the ladder is generally in good condition. If the ladder is damaged then ask Santa for a new one. Never use a step ladder leant against a wall. They are not designed to work like this and they can easily slip or even break. Open them fully and make sure all four feet are resting flat on a non-slippery surface. Move the stepladder rather than overreaching.

5. Why fall for it? Never risk stretching up or overreaching

If, like in many households, the top of your wardrobe becomes a secret store at this time of year, then be extra careful on Christmas Eve when you need to bring down the goodies. A step stool which conforms to BS EN14183 or a stepladder will make sure that you can bring everything down safely (and put it up there in the first place).

If you can, get someone to help, even if that does mean delaying peeling the spuds for the festive feast.