The Raleigh Home Inspector Wants Everyone To Be Safe During The Holidays
The Holidays are just around the corner, and for many families (including the family of the Raleigh Home Inspector), that means dragging out the ornaments, decorations, and light strings that will adorn the house. Both electric lights, and the ladders typically needed to install them, present some specific and very real safety hazard…you might be surprised at just how many people are actually injured (or worse) while up on a ladder hanging those Christmas lights.
There are a number of specific tips that can make the effort of decking your halls with boughs of holly and other such ornaments:
- First, use a high quality ladder and make sure it is both rated for your weight and appropriate for the task at hand; if hanging electric lights, a wood or fiberglass ladder is more appropriate
- Ensure that the ladder is stable and in good condition…Check the ladder for cracks and missing or bent hardware, particularly if you haven’t used the ladder in some time.
- Always work within an arms distance away from you while you are on the ladder; don’t reach, lean, or stretch out to reach far away items; you can lose your balance and fall!
- Carry all your needed material in a tool belt as you climb a ladder; at the very least always keep one hand for you and one hand for what you need to be carrying (both hands for you is always better).
See a previous post from the Raleigh Home Inspector regarding electric lights and holiday safety.
For more information regarding the use of ladders and ladder safety, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Visit the Little Giant website for information on the the very best ladders made…a not-so-humble opinion, of course. The one used by the Raleigh Home Inspector was purchased over 15 years ago, is used daily, and remains in great condition…that’s a pretty good testament to their quality!
Be safe this Holiday season…the Raleigh Home Inspector and Quality Residential Inspections wish you the very best of Holiday cheer!
If you are in need of a professional Home Inspection such as those routinely accomplished by Quality Residential Inspections, your Raleigh Home Inspection firm, then give us a call today at 919-848-4833.