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ST. HELENA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to use a ladder for a home improvement project, you’ll first need to know some basic ladder safety tips. Today, we’re in Napa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Alan Kaiser of Kaiser Construction to learn more.
Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Alan Kaiser: On our job site, we keep a lot of ladders around here. We have ones for different heights, depending on where we have to work. You want to choose one that’s high enough to get you where you need to be without reaching too far without having to go to high on the ladder.
We also have a couple of different types. This one, you’ll notice, has a fiberglass side. That’s for when you’re working around electricity; it won’t transmit down to the ground. So, that’s what this is. You probably don’t need one of these. But if you do, if you’re going to do electrical work, you should grab one that has the fiberglass sides on it.
Now you’ll notice this one. This one gets us up much higher and still be able to stand at a lower level on the ladder, and still be safe and secure. So, one of the other things you’re going to want to do when you’re using a ladder is just make sure you lock these down. That makes the ladder much more secure and keeps you stable.
And then remember, only go as high as the ladder manufacturer suggests you go. See, right here, I can stand here, and I can work, and I can reach, and I – now, I can’t quite reach that. So, I could take this ladder up there and stand on a higher rung; but instead, I’m going to get that ladder, and I can take it over there, and I can reach that without getting too high.
There’s another type of ladder that’s very popular at your hardware store today because it’s so versatile. It can be an extension ladder, it can be a short straight ladder, it can also be an A-frame ladder like we already saw.
There’s one important thing you need to realize when you’re using a ladder like this is the angle that the ladder is at. And there’s usually a decal that will tell you where that needs to be. But as a rule of thumb, what we like to do is make sure we do, before we ever get on this ladder, we’ll put our feet at the tip of the foot, and we’ll put our hands out in front of us. If I can grab ahold of that rung, this is a good angle. This ladder is not too close, nor is it too far from the wall. So, now I can step up safely.
If we have it out too far like this, you’ll notice I can’t reach. Now it has the chance that if I’m up there high, the bottom could slip out. Now this is a rubber foot on a pretty solid, secure surface, so we don’t have to worry too much in this area, but we still wouldn’t want to do that. I want to move the ladder up a little farther. So, I’m going to get a good grip, and now I’m back to my angle.
Now another one that I’ve seen, people want to get it up close or maybe you have an obstruction here so you get too close, and then you’re crawling straight up, and it’s easy for that ladder to come back on you. So, remember, keep that angle right about here. And you’ll be secure all the way up there. You can climb up to the top of this ladder, and you can get your work done. You can do your painting, you can change your light bulb, and you won’t have any risk of it kicking out. It will be stable.
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