Tips for Using Ladders in the Winter

Nation Wide Ladder works every day with professionals in the construction industry that must meet specific requirements and standards for their ladders and other equipment, but we know that many homeowners are not even aware of proper ladder practices in MA! As the winter season sets in, there could be a dozen reasons you need to use a ladder outside. Maybe you are taking down holiday lights or have to clean your roof. Regardless, we want you to be safe and have a few suggestions for winter ladder safety.

Inspect the ladderFall from a ladder

The last thing you want is to step on a ladder rung, and find it iced over or broken. Investigate the outside of the ladder for both its condition and the impact the weather could have on it.

Be sure it’s the proper size

Your ladder should be able to handle your weight and whatever equipment you are using, as well as the appropriate length for your project (around three feet higher than your highest desired stop) to avoid complications at disastrous heights.

Pay attention to your set up

Like all ladder use, you want to be sure it is on a flat, sturdy surface and correctly positioned away from the wall to prevent tipping. Avoid areas where you can see ice and snow, and secure your ladder against your home/wall/surface.

Prepare yourself for ladder use

Simple things like kicking the snow off of the soles of your boots, not completing snow removal from your ladder, and utilizing fall protection can help you stay safe while on your ladder. Trust us, using common sense will go a long way!

No matter your need for purchasing a ladder in MA, Nation Wide Ladder has the experts and experience you want in a business. Our team can tell you all about the dos and don’ts of ladder use, and the best fall protection plans you can have to save yourself from accident and injury. With more questions, please call us today at (800) 228-2519.