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Health Tip: Climb a Ladder Safely

Suggestions for proper use

(HealthDay News) -- Falling off a ladder can lead to a serious, permanent injury. But in most cases, it's preventable.

The American Ladder Institute suggests:

  • Avoiding a ladder if you're dizzy, tired or have poor balance.
  • Avoiding a ladder whenever it's windy or stormy.
  • Wearing shoes that are clean and resist slipping.
  • Inspecting the ladder before use, avoiding one that sways, is rickety or has any loose or missing pieces.
  • Making sure the ladder's size and weight capacity suits the job. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Setting up the ladder only on firm, level ground that isn't slippery.
  • Never place a ladder in front of a door that may be opened.
  • Not allowing use of the ladder by more than one person at a time.
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