The Christmas season is here again. With this time of year comes ladder risks you don’t see as much during the rest of the year. In some cases, you or your team may be helping install Christmas lights at work. Even if you don’t work with lighting as part of your job, you can use these tips at home when installing Christmas lights. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind this winter.
Beware of Slippery Surfaces
If you have waited until now to install lights, beware of the hazardous weather risks. The ground can become slick easily from ice or snow. If you need to set up a ladder when in a place that has become slick, find a way to melt the ice and snow to make the ground more stable for your ladder.
Follow the Three Foot Rule
When installing lights, make sure you remember the three foot rule. Always make sure your ladder extends three feet above the roofline. Not doing this will prevent the ladder from being stable and could cause the ladder to slip.
Remember the Correct Angles
As I’ve mentioned before, make sure you set your ladder up at the correct angle, 75.5 degrees. The correct angle will prevent the ladder from either sliding forward or slipping back.
By following these rules, you and your team can hopefully make it through the holiday season injury-free.