Safely Getting Up to and Walking on Your Roof
Ensuring Safe Access to the Roof
The right ladder for the job is essential, and you must inspect the ladder before use to ensure it is still sturdy and in good working condition. Secure the ladder to an anchor point with a cord or rope.
It is also equally important to wear the proper shoes. Footwear with soles that provide a strong grip will help you to maintain a solid footing on sloped roofs. As a rule, avoid accessing wet roofs unless absolutely necessary to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Lastly, gather together any tools you might need and secure them to a tool belt before you climb to the roof. It is also a good idea to have a spotter to help keep the ladder steady and also climb the ladder to hand you additional tools as needed.
Removing Debris Safely From Your Roof
Wear gloves to remove debris from the roof.Debris that has collected on the roof and in gutters can contain insects or other objects that may cause injury, such as sharp twigs. If it is windy, or if you are using tools to secure shingles or perform some other type of roof maintenance, you should also wear eye protection.
Be extra careful when using hoses to wash debris off the roof or chemicals to clean and remove algae or mold. Aside from the risk of slipping on a wet roof, the chemicals could cause damage if they come into contact with your skin. Professional roof cleaners are more adept at handling chemicals and working on roofs in various conditions, so consider acquiring the services of a roof cleaning company for such labor intensive work.
Don’t Use Your Roof as a Porch
It can be hot on the roof in spring and summer months and it is also easy to get tired after working for a few hours in uncomfortable positions. As tempting as it might be to take a break up there, the last thing you want to do is use your roof as a porch. Taking the time to relax means you aren’t as focused on safety, which can lead to a potentially fatal accident.
In conclusion, safety is obviously of the utmost importance. Follow the above tips and always keep your mind on performing all actions in a safe manner, and you’ll effectively reduce the risk of any potential injury.