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10 Reasons Why People Fall Off Extension Ladders

10 Reasons Why People Fall Off Extension Ladders
Although extension ladders are useful, falls from them can cause a lot of misery. If you know why people fall off these ladders you can make sure you don't become a statistic.  So here are 10 reasons why people fall off extension ladders.

How to clean Gutters--if you do have to use a ladder.

How to clean Gutters--if you do have to use a ladder.

We hope that the majority of people with gutters will be able to successfully use the Gutter Viper to clear the gutters.  We've used it on gutters with small trees growing in the debris, and gutters with standing water/debris.  But if there are very difficult gutters, and you absolutely must use a ladder, here are tips from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety:

What should you do to safely secure extension ladders?

  • Place ladders on a firm, flat surface and be sure  the footing is secure.
  • Erect extension ladders so that the upper section rests on (e.g., in front of) the bottom section. This placement means the bottom section "faces" a wall or other supporting surface (see figures below).
  • Place the ladder feet so that the horizontal distance between the feet and the top support is 1/4 of the  length of the ladder. The ladder will be leaning at a 75 degree angle .
  • Raise and lower ladders from the ground. Ensure that locking ladder hooks are secure before climbing.
  • For access to an elevated work surface, erect ladders so that a minimum of 1 m (3 ft) extends above a landing platform. Tie the top at support points.
  • Use care when getting on and or off the ladder at the top or bottom in order to avoid tipping the ladder over sideways or causing the ladder base to slide.
  • Brace or tie off the ladder near the base. If there is no structure to tie off to, use a stake in the ground.
  • Leave all tie-off devices in place until they must be removed before taking the ladder down.
  • Maintain the minimum overlap of sections as shown on a ladder label. Refer to safety regulations.
  • Set up barricades and warning signs when using a ladder in a doorway or passageway.

These and other tips can be found at the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

When should you clean out your gutters? And how often?

When should you clean out your gutters?  And how often?
Many experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year– once in the late spring and once in the late summer/early fall. But it varies considerably by region, by the location of your house and trees, by the types of trees, and by how much wind there is.