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Dec
04
Tips for keeping yourself ladder safe this Christmas
Posted On: 04-12-2015

 

 
Christmas is coming! The goose is getting fat, the hectic shopping trips have begun and the decorations are going up. And in order to put some of those decorations up we need a good ladder or step ladder; one which is not only high enough for the job, but is also in safe working order. 
 
Here at LFI one of our main concerns is Ladder Safety, and we know when and where each particular ladder should be used. So, to help you decorate your homes safely and effectively over the Christmas period, we have put together some safety tips and suggestions, because the last thing anyone wants is a Christmas ladder accident!

So, first of all you will probably need to climb up in the loft or into some storage space to get your decorations out. In order to do this you will be able to use any normal ladder, extension ladder or access ladder. Make sure that your ladder is placed on a sturdy, flat surface, that is not obstructed by anything that could cause a fall or slip.

 

 
 Once your decorations are down you might want to put up some external lights. To do this you could use an Aluminium Extension Ladder, which has a locking catch, or a Triple Combination Ladder, which can be easily converted, and has a stabiliser for added security. Either one of these will successfully do the job.

What about putting that all important star/angel/other on top of the tree? Well, it depends how big the tree is, but if you have a standard 5, 6 or 7ft tree, we suggest using LFI Aluminium Builders Steps or Aluminium Platform Steps, both of which have box section back legs with strong hinge arrangements, rubber feet and non-slip treads. Our Fibreglass Builders steps are another good option as this robust design is complete with hinged locking stays.

If you’re putting mistletoe or decorations up around your home, we recommend using a triple combination ladder due to the fact that it can be used as a Step Ladder, Extension Ladder or a freestanding Extension Ladder, perfect for a wide range of decorating needs.

 
 

Tips for safely using a ladder/stepladder

  • We strongly suggest inspecting your ladder before using it. Make sure that all parts are in good working order and that there are no defects.
  • Don’t wear slippers! Yes, we know they are comfortable, but we recommend using suitable, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Make sure that ladders are placed on a flat and stable surface, and be sure that there is nothing obstructing the ladder that could cause a fall.
  • Do not overreach or overbalance, and do not overload yourself with materials.
  • Keep your body centred on the ladder. Hold the ladder with one hand while working with the other. Never let your belt buckle pass beyond either ladder rail. Don’t stand or sit above the highest safe standing level. This means you don’t use the top three rungs of an extension ladder or the top of a stepladder.

So, whatever product you use, make sure you use them properly and safely, and be sure never to use ladders if you are feeling unwell or dizzy, and don’t use them after using drinking (no matter how tempting that eggnog is). You can find out more from our Ladder Guide.

For more information on any of our products, you can email us or call us on 01531 820541.