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How tall of a ladder should I buy?

Style. When working indoors, a stepstool, stepladder, platform or multi-purpose ladder is usually recommended when you need a reach of two to eight feet. Outside, a taller stepladder, multi-purpose or extension ladder is often more appropriate for jobs requiring a reach of thirteen feet or more.

Do ladders have weight limits?

Whatever the size and shape, all ladders come with a duty rating — the maximum weight each is designed to carry. Most household ladders are Type 3, rated up to 200 pounds. Heavier-duty Type 2 units are rated to 225 pounds. Then, bearing four times the rated weight, they have to resist buckling for one minute.

Do ladders need to be secure when not in use?

When storing portable step ladders, make sure they are folded shut and secured in an upright position so they do not sag or twist. Portable extension ladders should be stored so they will remain flat and evenly supported. Do not use a stored ladder to hang tools and equipment.

What is the working height of a ladder?

A person’s maximum safe reaching height is approximately 4′ higher than the height of the ladder. For example, a typical person can safely reach an 8′ ceiling on a 4′ ladder*. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line.

What is the proper method for a single person raising a tall extension ladder?

Place the bottom of a ladder firmly against the base of a building or stationary object. Lift the top of ladder, and pull upwards to raise a ladder to a vertical position. Transfer a ladder to its required position when it is erect. Keep a ladder upright and close to the body with a firm grip.

How do you secure a ladder to a tree?

Secure the top of the ladder to the tree so it allows access above the branch being cut. Allow for any upward movement of the branch once the branch is cut. Never stand on the top three rungs of an extension or straight ladder. Always face the ladder and hold onto the side rails with both hands when going up or down.

At what age should you stop climbing ladders?

Once a person reaches age 65 their body has less muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it harder to stay on something like a ladder.

Are ladders banned?

Ladders and stepladders are not banned under health and safety law. In fact they can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short-duration tasks, although they may not automatically be your first choice. Make sure you use the right type of ladder and you know how to use it safely.

What angle should my ladder be?

75 degrees