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How do you stabilize an extension ladder?
The user can add a ladder stabilizer accessory to the top of your ladder to span windows and to provide extra stability. Follow the stabilizer installation instructions carefully. Providing a stable base is only half the battle. You also have to make sure the top of the ladder can't slide when the rails rest against a wall.
How often should ladders be checked?
They must be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in a safe condition, each time before they are used and by someone carrying out a formal inspection every 3 to 6 months (records should be kept of these formal inspections).
Do ladders expire?
No, Remember that there is no expiration date for ladders, so as long as you follow proper storage techniques and treat it with care, your ladder could last you an extremely long time.
What is ladder safety?
Always maintain a 3-point contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) on the ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and always face the ladder while climbing. Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks, or hooks) for their designed purposes.
How do you check safety ladders?
Check the rungs. If they are bent, worn, missing, or lose the ladder could fail. Check any locking mechanisms. If they are bent or the fixings are worn or damaged the ladder could collapse. Ensure any locking bars are engaged.
What is the 4 to 1 rule for ladders?
When placing your ladder, remember the four-to-one rule! For every four feet of height, you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall. Climb using three points of contact and work in the same way wherever possible.