Importance of Keeping Your Ladders Away From Power Lines

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Importance of Keeping Your Ladders Away From Power Lines

When you are do things such as repairing your roof, trimming trees, cleaning your gutters, painting, etc., the odds are you will probably be using a ladder. Ladders are great tool to use but there are some things you need to be cautious of when using them. Whenever you use a ladder it is important to not have contact with electric lines. Be aware of how close your ladder is to the electric lines around you and make sure to maintain a big distance between the two. Metal and wood ladders are commonly used but one thing many people do not think about is that they are conductors of electricity. This can lead to dangerous situations if these types of ladders have contact with wires. Using a ladder made from materials that do not conduct electricity, such as fiberglass, is a great idea!

If you are in a situation where there is only a metal or wooden ladder available there are some things to do to help keep you safe:

  • Be aware of the lines above you so your ladder does not make contact with one.
  • When you set up your ladder make sure there is a distance twice the length of the ladder between the power line and ladder.
  • Always set up your ladder on solid ground.
  • Be sure your ladder has been cleaned and dried. If there is moisture on the ladder it will help increase conductivity of electricity through your ladder.
  • Try to keep balanced. It is important to understand balance can be thrown off by overreaching or even by the wind.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where your ladder does fall into a power line do not move it. It is important to call an electric company to assist you.

Susan Hilton

Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

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