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Moving Tips: Understand how to use a ladder safely

Ladder safety is important to understand.

Ladder safety is important to understand.

Whether you are getting started with your packing process, or you are already setting up your new home, it is possible you will need to use a ladder. This can be to take pictures off of the wall, remove light fixtures or just reach high places, in general. It is important to take safety measures when using the ladder so you don't hurt yourself or damage anything involved in your project.

The most important part of using a ladder is that you shouldn't be on one by yourself. It is important for a friend or family member to hold the ladder from the bottom. This can be done by the person holding the legs of the ladder stable while you complete your project. Additionally, you will have a person there to give you support in case you still lose your balance.

It is also extremely necessary to never stand on top of the ladder. Most ladders have warnings to not stand on the top two levels, and it is vital to heed the instructions in order to prevent injury. Losing your balance on a ladder is possible, no matter what step you are on, and the higher you go, the more likely it is that you could lose your equilibrium.

Use the proper ladder size when taking on a project. If you use a ladder that is too short, it could increase your temptation to climb up to an unsafe point. Additionally, using ladders that are too big could obstruct your work. There are many ladder sizes available, so it is important that you rent or purchase an item that allows you to do the job correctly.