National Ladder Safety Month Kicks Off

American Ladder Institute’s fourth annual National Ladder Safety Month is underway.

Starting Sunday, February 23, National Ladder Safety Month will emphasize ladder safety through a variety of channels. Everyone, from large organizations to the everyday user, can participate.

To play a part in decreasing ladder injuries and fatalities worldwide, join the conversation on social media using #LadderSafetyMonth, take advantage of American Ladder Institute’s free Ladder Safety Training, access the official marketing guide, and download and share National Ladder Safety Month flyers and videos.

Main Ladder Safety Tips:

Three points of contact: Always maintain three points of contact when using a ladder. Keep either two feet and one hand or one foot and two hands on the ladder as you are descending or ascending.

When working, in addition to having both feet supported on a step or rung, brace yourself into the ladder.

Climb slowly: Climbing slowly and deliberately ensures you don’t make any sudden movements that could contribute to a fall.

Maintain a center of gravity: Keep the center of your belt buckle/stomach between the ladder’s side rails when climbing and working. Do not overreach.

Pay attention throughout the entire climb: Devote your full attention to the climb and descent until you are safely off the ladder. Simple mistakes and oversight can have severe consequences.

Ladders are one of the most common and useful household tools, but used incorrectly, can be one of the most dangerous. Get involved with National Ladder Safety Month to help spread the word on safe ladder use to your family, friends and colleagues.

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