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Top 10 DIY Safety Tips

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Respect Ladders

Walking under a ladder can bring bad luck, but if you're not careful, they could do a lot more damage than that.
Walking under a ladder can bring bad luck, but if you're not careful, they could do a lot more damage than that.
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A ladder can be a great tool, but only if you show it the respect it deserves. When you use a ladder, keep reminding yourself that heights are dangerous, and be carefully observant at all times.

  • Situate ladders on stable, level surfaces.
  • Lock A-frame ladders in the open position.
  • Never step on the top two rungs of a ladder.
  • Lean ladders against vertical surfaces with a one-foot spread at the base for every 4 feet of height.
  • Never use aluminum ladders near utility poles or around electrical wires.
  • Never place a ladder in front of a door that swings outward unless the door is locked.

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