If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you'll want to be as careful as possible when you're carrying out repairs around your home. One of the most important places to be extra cautious with your physical safety is when you're doing something on your roof. The ladder itself can be hazardous, but once you're on the roof, the steepness of the roof can also pose a danger. Make sure that you adhere to the following safety tips whenever you're working on the roof. However, also remember that if you're uncomfortable with any of this, you shouldn't hesitate to call a professional.
You should never work on your roof alone, so always use a buddy system. If you have an accident, there will be someone there to help you.
When using the ladder, confirm it is on firm, level ground before you go up. Also make sure it is at the correct angle. You can test this by standing at the foot of the ladder while it is positioned against the side of your house. If you could just touch it with your fingers while standing straight, it's at the correct angle. On soft ground, dig holes for the feet of the ladder. On a deck or porch, nail a board into place behind the legs to keep them from slipping.
Don't walk on your roof if it's wet. A slippery roof can send you sliding right off the side. A roof covered in leaves can also be extremely slippery.
Anyone working on a roof should always be wearing a safety harness. This should be secured to a feature on your roof sturdy enough to hold you if you fall (such as your chimney).
Make sure you're wearing sturdy work boots or shoes. Choose footwear that provides excellent traction to keep yourself from slipping. Don't forget to wear a hardhat and eye protection as well.
Don't leave a mess on the roof while you're working. Make sure you clear off any debris, tools or old shingles as soon as you're done with them. Having clutter around you can cause you to trip and fall.
Connect a second ladder to the surface of your roof to provide safe footing. Alternatively, nail sections of 2 x 4s to your roof and reposition them as needed.
Keep an eye on the weather. If it looks like you have rain coming in, delay your roof work until the weather clears up. The same applies if it's a windy day, since a gust of wind could easily knock you down when you're standing at an angle. Most important of all, if there's lightning in the area, you should not be up on your roof.
Focus on what you're doing when you're working. Don't let yourself get distracted by the amazing view around you. Not only are you more likely to slip and fall if you lose focus, you're also more likely to slam a hammer down onto your thumb.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Peninsula Roofing LLC or a similar company.
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