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Health Tip: Use a Ladder Properly

Help prevent falls and injury

(HealthDay News) -- If it's time to do some work on your roof, a refresher on ladder safety is of high importance.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Don't sit on the shelf or top rung of the ladder. Most likely, it won't support your weight.
  • Don't use more ladder than you need. Only use an extension ladder for really tall jobs, and opt for a utility ladder or sturdy step stool for lower-height projects.
  • Pay attention when pulling or pushing anything while you're on a ladder. These motions can make it easier for you to lose your balance and fall.
  • Don't reach too far or lean off the ladder; it's safer to get off the ladder and center it closer to where you need to be.
  • Climb up the middle of the ladder (don't lean toward either side) while another person steadies it from the ground.
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