To help prevent ladder injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons launched a nationwide education campaign Wednesday called "Climb It Safe."
Here are a few of the recommendations by the Academy:
- If you are using a ladder outside, use the "four-to-one rule." The bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall for every four feet that the ladder rises.
For example, if you have a ladder that touches the wall sixteen feet above the ground, the bottom of the ladder should be four feet from the wall. (See illustration above.)
- If you're using a single or extension ladder, never stand above the third rung from the top of the ladder. Never climb above the point where the ladder touches the wall or vertical support.
- Do not try to "bounce" the ladder to a new location while standing on it or try to "shimmy" it into place. Climb down and reposition the ladder.
- When using a stepladder, never stand above the second step from the top. Also, don't stand on the paint shelf, spreader, or back section.
- Don't wear leather-soled shoes on a ladder. The soles are slippery, and you risk falling off the rungs. And if you're wearing shoes with laces, make sure they're tied.
Reported by Dr. Emily Senay