Homeowners know that part of maintaining their roof is to proactively inspect their roof twice annually.This means that the average homeowner has two opportunities to fall from their roof and experience serious injury every year. The roofers at Top View Roofing want to prevent unnecessary injuries by providing this guide to staying safe on your roof. These helpful tips can help you stay safe while you are inspecting your roof after a major storm or as a part of routine maintenance.
The first step towards getting on a roof is to climb a ladder to access your roof. This makes knowing how to properly use a ladder all the more important. A few things to remember when climbing your ladder include:
- Position the ladder on flat, stable ground.
- Avoid working during storms or strong winds.
- Move slowly and deliberately – being careful to avoid sudden movements.
- Keep your center of gravity inside the ladder side rails.
According to Professional Roofing magazine, roughly six roofers die every month in the United States from falling off of a roof. Because the stakes are so high from a fall from a roof, it is crucial to take precautions to remain safe while on your roof. The brief list below is a series of recommendations made by roofing industry leaders at GAF.
- Never get on wet roof.
- Wear soft-soled boots for better traction and increased grip.
- Consider using a safety harnerss, net or guardrail.
- Wear a hard hat to protect your head in case of a fall.