Ladder Safety Tips

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Ladder Safety Tips

I just thought I’d pass on some information and knowledge about ladder use. So if you’re thinking about a bit of DIY work, no problem at all, but do it safely.  If you need to do work with a ladder, there’s a few things you should do.

If you’ve got a stepladder,  make sure the stepladder side clips are engaged properly and make sure you put it on good even footing.  You need the whole four feet on the same plane, the same level. You shouldn’t really have a step ladder elevated to two different levels.

Ensure you don’t go past where it says, “Don’t go past this point”. All ladders have got this written on them. So don’t go past this point and that means you feet. You should never go up to the top few rungs on a step ladder. They’re just not designed for it. There’s a real chance you will fall.

Using extension ladders.  If using this ladder you’re probably going up to two story on buildings, which is not a great idea.  The thing about that is that you have got to have the footing of the ladder secured and you’ve got to make sure it’s on firm level ground and the top of the ladder should be secured also.   It should be fixed to the guttering or fixed to the roof.  So there’s lots of ways of doing that with straps and hooks and then there’s lots of equipment that you can buy to do that. It’s very important that you have your ladder in a secure position, so it can’t go sideways and it can’t come back.  Most accidents on ladders are not when you’re on the ladder or when you’re on the roof, most accidents happen going from the ladder to the roof or from the roof to the ladder.

They say are “People fell off a roof”,  but in a lot of cases, they didn’t . It was where they are going from one to the other, but you know what, quite frankly, why would you do any of this stuff yourself? Why would you get on a roof? A two story roof when you don’t do it for a living or you don’t have the safety equipment that you should use – you’re much better off getting a professional involved. So unless it’s an emergency, I would always recommend that you contact somebody in the industry or does it for a living and get them to come out and do whatever you want done on the roof or off a ladder.

Stay safe.

Do gutter guard systems work?

Few people like cleaning out their gutters so the idea of installing a gutter guard system sounds like an attractive option. But there are 4 things you need to consider first.

  1. Even with a gutter protection system, your gutters will still require cleaning!

All gutters need regular cleaning – even after a gutter guard system is installed. In fact, many gutter protection systems make it harder to clean your gutters so be careful about the product you choose.

  • The cost of installation. 

A fixed gutter guard system is usually the most expensive option to install. You could consider using a soft plastic gutter guard product. They are inexpensive but they are a waste of time and money.

However, there is a gutter protection product on the market called Gutter Flow. It works very well and is a moderately priced alternative to a fixed gutter guard system. Get in touch with us, if you’d like more information.

  • The cost of cleaning your gutters after installation of a gutter guard product. 

Before committing to any gutter protection system, do your research to discover how much it will cost to clean your gutters in the future. Usually fixed gutter guard products cost around 4 times more than gutter cleaning with no protection, while push in plastic guards can cost 2½ times more to clean.

With a gutter protection system called Gutter Flow, the cost to clean your gutters is about the same as cleaning them without protection. The benefit is, you don’t need to clean your gutters as often with Gutter Flow installed.

  • All gutter protection systems must comply with Council Regulations. 

Are you required to install ember guards in your area? Ember guards need to be non-combustible with a hole gauge of less than 2mm. None of this will matter if you still have debris sitting on top of the ember guard. Again, that’s why regular gutter cleaning is so important.

Please remember, whatever gutter protection system you use, you will need to clean your gutters on a regular basis because mud, sludge and moss will always build up over time.

If you would like to end the chore of cleaning your gutters, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253. We’d be happy to give you a free quote. https://www.guttervac.com.au/locations/upper-north-shore-and-northern-beaches/