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How to place the extension ladder?

Working at any height is dangerous. In order to be able to complete these tasks, you need to climb a telescopic ladder... but how to place the telescopic ladder to be safe? Using the correct placement can reduce the possibility of extension ladder accidents and unnecessary emergency room visits.

1.Telescopic ladder inspection

Be sure to use it first to check for damaged or defective telescopic ladders. The ladder should be clean and free of debris that could cause sliding. All screws, bolts and rungs should be firm and immovable. If the screws, bolts or rungs of the telescopic ladder are loose, do not use it. Use a telescopic ladder with cleats or a non-slip surface. Many telescopic ladders for sale have revolving safety shoes to help secure the ladder during use.

2. Types of Telescopic Ladder

There are mainly two types of telescopic ladders, fiberglass or metal. Metal extension ladders conduct electricity, so do not place extension ladders near any power source that may come into contact with electricity. Electricians often use fiberglass ladders because they do not conduct electricity; however, in general, fiberglass ladders are usually heavier than aluminum ladders.


3. Placement of the extension ladder

Before using any type of ladder, make sure that the ladder is placed on a stable, level ground. Do not use ladders on sand, gravel or dirt surfaces. We recommend laying down a flat wooden board (such as plywood) and then placing the base of the telescopic ladder on it. This method is especially effective if your ladder spans two different surfaces, such as carpet and tile, or concrete and dirt. If the ground is uneven, we recommend that you purchase telescopic ladder accessories, such as automatic leg straighteners, and use them.

4. Calculate the distance

The basic formula used is to extend the ladder every four feet and place the base of the extended ladder one foot away from the wall. For example, the bottom of a ladder that extends 12 feet should be placed 3 feet from the wall. The mathematical calculation is as follows: 12 feet of extension divided by 4 equals 3 feet from the wall. As another example, the bottom of a ladder that extends 20 feet (divided by 4) should be placed 5 feet from the surface of the wall.

5. Extend the height of the ladder

If the top of the extension ladder will extend beyond the wall, for example to reach a platform area such as the roof, the extension ladder should extend at least 3 feet beyond the platform. This will provide you with a safe area for you to grab while walking from the elongated ladder to the roof terrace.

In order to increase safety measures, the top of the telescopic ladder should be firmly fixed to the structure in some way. Another option is to purchase telescopic ladder accessories, such as pole handles and cable hooks.

6. The ladder is generally safe to use

When you climb a ladder, do not hold objects in your hands. Use the tool belt to carry your tools so that you can grasp the ladder freely when climbing. If the items you need are larger than tools, ask someone to give them to you. Never move the core of your body out of the guide rail of the ladder. Go down the ladder and move the ladder to the new location.

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