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How to Use a Ladder Properly
Use the proper ladder for the weight it will carry; look for a label stating how much weight the ladder can carry.
Don't stand on the top step of a stepladder; don't stand on the top three rungs of an extension or straight ladder.
Don't extend your body too far to either side. This might cause you or the ladder to become unbalanced.
When using an extension ladder to climb a roof, make sure the ladder clears the roofline by about three feet.
Don't use a ladder in a strong wind and don't use it near power lines.
Make sure the ladder is level on the ground. On soft ground, use boards under the ladder to keep it level.
Set up the ladder at an approximate 75-degree angle to the wall.
Climb up and down the ladder facing it.
When working with tools on a ladder, wear a tool belt to keep your hands as free as possible.
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