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Safety Tips for Proper Ladder Usage

Take these important notes before you start your climb.

Do-it-yourselfers, take note: One of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in your garage may be a ladder. The CDC reports that in the U.S. more than 500,000 people are treated and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries each year. Follow these safety basics to avoid becoming a statistic:

Choose the safest ladder.
Fiberglass and wood ladders are safe choices for most tasks. Aluminum ladders are lightweight and easy to handle but conduct electricity, so they’re a poor choice when stringing plugged-in holiday lights.

Pay attention.
No matter what type of ladder you use, stay away from power lines, which can be deadly. Also, keep an eye on your belt buckle. You’re reaching too far — and are in danger of falling — if the buckle moves beyond a ladder’s side rail.

Climb with caution.
For stepladders, don’t climb higher than the second rung from the top. For extension ladders, stay at or below the fourth rung from the top.]

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