When autumn arrives, and leaves fall, you'll want to clear out your eaves and rain gutters, and trim back branches and hedges that grew long over the summer.
Much of that work is in high places, such as the gutters you'll be unclogging of leaves and debris and inspecting for damage or leaks. You'll also be up high if you're trimming tree branches that are encroaching on your home and that could cause damage when high winds kick up, as they often do in winter.
In both cases you'll be working on a ladder, which can be dangerous if not approached safely.
More than 300 American homeowners die every year after falling from ladders, and ladders account for about 100,000 injuries annually.
So, before you pull out that ladder, we would like to offer some tips to ensure your safety.
Before using the ladder, check it for cracks, corrosion and missing rungs and steps. Make sure the locks and spreader braces are working properly and that all bolts and rivets are secure. Check steps for oil, grease, liquid or other debris that could cause a slip.
When preparing for any ladder work, keep the following in mind:
You'll most likely have either a stepladder or extension ladder (or both), and each type has unique safety precautions.
Extension and straight ladders