We hear about these accidents every fall and spring. A homeowner decides to tackle an ambitious to-do list, which includes cleaning out gutters. This results in a fall from a ladder, which may cause a broken arm or leg (or worse). Before you tackle this project, please consider these five tips.
- Tell someone you are cleaning your gutters.
If you have an accident while cleaning out your gutters, you may need immediate medical attention. Make sure someone knows that you are beginning this possibly dangerous activity before you get the ladder out of the garage.
- Position your ladder carefully.
Read this guide on how to set up your ladder. Check if you have the appropriate angle for your ladder by facing the ladder and touching your feet to the ladder’s feet. Extend your arms. Your palms should rest on a rung at the height of your shoulders. This means that the ladder is set at the appropriate 75-degree angle.
- Wear eye protection.
As you stand on the ladder, you’ll reach up to take the debris out of the gutter. This puts your eyes in a precarious position. Protect them with safety glasses.
- Wear protective gloves.
Gutter-cleaning injuries are not always just the result of falls. Sometimes people are injured when they receive a nasty cut from old, ragged gutters. Protect yourself from scratches by wearing heavy-duty work gloves.
- Contact Integrity Roofing, Siding, Windows, and Gutters
Who are we kidding? The best tip we can give you on how to clean your gutters is to let us do it for you. We’ll clean your gutters first, and then we’ll install gutter protection, so you never have to do this dangerous and messy job again.
Fill out our contact form so that we can give you a quote for this project today.