Spring is soon returning to Hampton Roads, and with it comes the typical rites. It’s the prime time to work on decluttering indoor space and making repairs. Chances are you’ll head to your Chesapeake self-storage unit to retrieve your ladder – our units are perfect for holding various home and garden supplies for safekeeping in the colder months. When you’re ready to come back for your ladders, keep the best safety practices in mind.
March is National Ladder Safety Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ladder-related injuries are the reason for over half a million visits to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms each year. Wherever you decide to use your ladder this spring, here are a few suggestions from the American Ladder Institute to prevent falls and other injuries.
- Before putting your ladder to use, especially after you’ve kept it in storage for some time, inspect it fully. Check for loose joints, rust, and anything that might suggest the ladder is no longer safe to use. If you’ve had the ladder for a long time, it may be time to replace it.
- Do not step higher on a ladder than is necessary for the job.
- Do not overreach when standing on a ladder. Wherever you need to do repairs, put the ladder as close as possible so you can work comfortably.
- Keep your hands free. Use a tool belt for access as you work. Use caution when carrying objects up a ladder.
- Maintain three points of contact with the ladder when in use. Keep your feet firm on their rung and one hand on the ladder at all times.
When you are finished, your self-storage unit will keep your ladder safe until it is needed again.
Chesapeake self-storage comes in handy during spring home repairs and spring cleaning…any time of year! Contact Eden Way Storage Center for availability and to see if you qualify for our $1 first month’s rent discount!