There isn’t anywhere in or around your home that is more important when it comes to safety than your roof. The roof and ladders themselves can be hazardous. We have our top 10 safety tips if you are considering doing your own roof inspection or work. Make sure you follow these to limit the hazards and work in a safer environment on your roof.
- Don’t be a hero. We never recommend working on a roof alone. Should an accident happen, there should be someone there to help.
- Your ladder should always be on a solid, level surface. If your roof is uneven, add a ladder leveler. If the feet of your ladder are in grass or dirt, dig small holes for the feet so the ladder doesn’t slide on the grass or dirt. If your ladder is on a patio or deck, attach a board behind the bottom of your ladder feet to keep it from slipping or sliding on the surface. Always extend the ladder at least 3 rungs above the contact point on the gutter as to be able to reach it during the dissension approach.
- Avoid working on a wet roof. The roof can be very slippery and wet leaves can make it even worse.
- Always use a safety harness. By attaching it to a permanent roof anchor on the ridge of the roof, it can prevent a nasty fall and injuries.
- Wear safety shoes or boots with good traction. This will help reduce slipping on the roof. Also, wear eye protection and a hard hat.
- If you are working on the roof doing repairs yourself. Keep your work area around you clean from debris. Nails and roof material can create a tripping or slipping hazard to you want to avoid.
- Attach tie down straps from the gutter spikes to the ladder or to eliminate ladder movement and for safe footing. By creating these temporary stepping areas, you can reduce the chance of slipping.
- Keep an eye on the weather. If a storm is in the forecast you may want to reschedule your project for another day. Keep in mind, in the northwest, storms can roll in quickly and create a very slippery surface if it starts to rain. Also, a strong gust of wind can sweep you off your feet, so plan accordingly with the weather in mind.
- Keep your eyes on the prize! (so to speak). Depending on where you live, you may have a fantastic view from your roof, and become distracted from the task at hand. This can lead to tripping over material and causing an accident. Get your work done; then admire the view once the roof project is finished.
- Afraid of heights? Scrap any ides you have of getting on the roof. It may not seem like a very high roof to you from the ground, but knowing your physical limitations and fears can prevent a real issue if you think you can overcome a fear and head up the ladder. Remember, no one is afraid of heights when they are on the ground.
By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can reduce the chances of an accident. Always keep safety as the priority when you are on the roof. And, if you need a roofing contractor to maintain or repair your roof, we are just a click away at www.pacificwestroofing.com