With Christmas just around the corner and neighbors competing for the best Christmas Lights in the street, it is time to take a sober look at ladder safety before tackling the brandy pudding. This is serious stuff – a bad fall at Yuletide is hardly conducive to the true Christmas Spirit – and you may have to find a handyman to complete your pet project for you too.
Handymen London Christmas Light Installers insist on using fiberglass ladders only, because they do not conduct electricity and do not rot either. Aluminum is even more durable, while wood is fading from popularity because of cost and the need to preserve the planet’s forests.
o Before you use a ladder, inspect it carefully every time – and I do mean every time please. Ladders do not come equipped with parachutes and you are on your own when a rung suddenly collapses.
o Position the ladder firmly on even ground and never ever level the feet with loose objects or place it on top of something else. Set the ladder out in a ratio of 1:4 – that’s two feet away from the bottom of the wall if the top of the ladder is eight feet above the ground. If using an A-Frame ladder, make sure that the joints are locked in place. If you intend climbing off the ladder onto another surface at the top, the ladder must extend at least three feet beyond that point.
o Make sure the ladder remains stable at all times. Secure the top with rope if possible, and always have someone holding it securely at the bottom. If things do not feel right, climb down and start again.
Safety comes first at all times, and that includes when putting up Christmas Lights too. Don’t be overambitious either. If in doubt, play safe and get handyman quotes on Mr-Skill.
Merry Christmas from all staff at Mr-Skill