Ladders are important tools for many different tasks. For instance, ladders provide easy access to high areas that are difficult to reach with shorter tools.
Unfortunately, using a ladder can be dangerous if not used properly. Many people place the ladder on uneven ground or against unstable objects. Others forget to check that their ladders are sturdy and secure before climbing up them.
If you plan on using a ladder often it’s helpful to know how to climb one safely so you don’t injure yourself or other people around you.
Step 1 – Put the ladder against a wall so it doesn’t fall. Make sure you are holding onto both sides of the ladder with your hands, do not carry something in one hand while moving/climbing the ladder. If that is unavoidable, then have someone hold the bottom of the ladder for you to keep it sturdy.
Step 2 – Check the ladder for any loose rungs, screws or bolts. Use a screwdriver to tighten them. It should be sturdy and not wobbly at all when you jump on it lightly.
Step 3 – Make your way up to the top of the ladder using one step at a time. Try not to skip a step, if possible.
Step 4 – Use the sides of the ladder to balance yourself. Do not use your arms for balance, this can ring or break them if you slip and fall on them.
Step 5 – If you are carrying something in one hand while climbing up, then be extra careful. Try to hold onto any available part of the ladder for added grip and safety.
Step 6 – Try to face the wall as much as possible for safety, not sideways or frontwards.
Summary: If you want to climb a ladder safely, make sure it is sturdy and has no loose parts. Don’t carry anything in one hand, use the sides of the ladder to balance yourself when carrying something. Be careful when climbing up and down the ladder, don’t put your arms in front of you for support!