Ladder Safety

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Many people use a ladder to reach out-of-the-way objects on pantry shelves or closets, to wash windows, and to clean gutters or hang holiday lights. Dr. Edward Hill discusses safe use of a ladder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ladders are useful tools that regularly help with a variety of chores and projects. Ensuring that your ladder is safe, and that you are properly climbing and moving on the ladder, can help prevent injuries.

Here are some tips for using a ladder safely:

Use a ladder of proper length to reach the working height that you need.

Use a ladder according to use and working loadthe amount of weight on the ladder, including you and any tools or decorations.

Never use a ladder that is damaged, broken or bent.

Never place a ladder on ground or flooring that is uneven.

If working outside, make sure the ladder is away from electrical wires, tree limbs or any other obstructions.

It is always better to move the ladder than to overreach.

Never stand on the top rung of any ladder.

Do not use a ladder if you tire easily, are subject to fainting spells, or are taking medications or alcohol that may make you dizzy or drowsy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.