Tips on How to Safely Use Extension Ladders
At Caslad, you will find a wide range of extension ladders to choose from. While we are certain that you will find our products to be of the best quality on the market, we feel it is in your best interests to provide you with a few tips and techniques for safe ladder set-up and use. The conditions in which people use extension ladders can vary greatly. Some might have the convenience of a level, flat surface while others might have quite the opposite. Working conditions can vary from project to project, so it is best to know how to safely use your ladder, in any conditions that you may encounter.
First and foremost, setting your ladder’s feet firmly before you climb it is essential. You certainly do not want to be halfway up only to feel the ladder sliding or shifting out of position. To set up your ladder for safe use, place the ladder at the correct angle. You can do this by setting your toes against the ladder’s feet. When your arms are extended, your hands should just reach the ladder rung in front of you. At this optimal angle, the ladder will be able to stand firmly and stably. The length of your extension ladder will determine just how much support it needs in order to stand securely. In some instances, if you are working at very high heights and need extra stability, a ladder stabiliser can be installed. These are convenient if you want to span windows, for example.
Many people underestimate the importance of the ladder being level. This does not mean that you have to have level ground to enjoy safety. In some areas, the one ladder leg will be at a higher position than the other. You can create a stable base by digging out a small trench from the higher ground so that the ladder can be somewhat planted into the earth to create a level, balanced position. It is never safe to prop up the other, downslope foot of the ladder with a brick or something similar. Tie the ladder at the top. This might not always be a viable solution for those who will need to move the ladder frequently, but if you plan to make multiple trips up and down the ladder in one position, it is strongly recommended. Use rope or industrial cable ties to secure the ladder to the top of the building.
Another great way to ensure safety while making use of extension ladders is to avoid saving on cost by investing in poor quality products. We take the quality of our products very seriously and we currently stock four options for you to choose from in the extension ladder range. The DMS range is a commercial range of aluminium extension ladders. These are designed for industrial use and offer a load bearing capacity of 115 kg. The LFG-PU range is a fibreglass extension ladder range designed for commercial use. It is a medium-duty ladder and also offers a load bearing capacity of 115 kg. The FG range are heavy-duty fibreglass ladders that are non-conductive, which makes it ideal for the electrical industry. This range has a load bearing capacity of about 135 kg. Finally, the DMA range offers heavy-duty aluminium ladders with a load bearing capacity of 135 kg.
Caslad never skimps on product quality. Our aim is to provide you with equipment that is of excellent quality and that will offer you many years of service. All of our ladders offer great safety features, durability, and longevity. Of course, you need to take care of ongoing maintenance, and repairs as needed to also ensure that you keep them in good condition. Our consultants are all available to assist you with information and advice on how to maintain your ladder. If you are not sure which extension ladders are best suited to your needs, simply get in touch with us and we will assist you further.
If you are looking for extension ladders that will not let you down and that are available at competitive prices, you have come to the right place. We are available via email or telephone for anyone who needs to gather further information and advice. Get in touch with us today.