Gutter Cleaning: Prevent injuries
Gutter cleaning is necessary to ensure your roof lasts a long time. However, cleaning your gutters can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. We’ve put together a list of safety tips to ensure you don’t fall and end up in the emergency room.
Gutter cleaning: Prevent injuries by choosing the right ladder
Choosing the right ladder for the job is important to keep safe. For single-story houses, use a four-legged stepladder. For two-story homes, you’ll need an extension ladder.
Inspect the ladder to make sure it’s sturdy and in good condition. Make sure that the ground is level before you limb to the top.
Make sure the top of the ladder is resting on the wall of the house not on the gutters as they can break under your body weight.
Gutter Cleaning: Prevent injuries by protecting yourself
Wear thick work gloves to protect your hands from anything dangerous that could be hiding in the debris of your gutters.
Protective eye wear or goggles are also important to prevent eye injuries if debris flies up at you.
Wear rubber soled enclosed shoes to protect your feet and help your better grip to the ladder.
Gutter Cleaning: Prevent injuries by inviting a friend
Have someone hold the ladder while you’re on it to help keep it sturdy. It is always a good idea when cleaning your gutters to have someone else present so that they can call for help if you fall or injure yourself.
Gutter cleaning: Prevent injuries with the correct tools
Use a plastic gutter scooper to remove large debris from the gutter instead of your hands. Also have a bucket attached to the ladder with a rope to hold the debris so that you are not using your hands for too many things at once.
Gutter Cleaning: Prevent injuries by hiring a professional
Even though cleaning gutters is a fairly simple task the easiest and safest thing to do is to hire a professional. Professional gutter cleaning isn’t too costly considering how often it needs to be done and the risk that comes with it.
If you need help finding a professional to clean your gutters or would like some gutter cleaning tips please contact us.
Witten by Heidi Cridland