Your Roof Is a Dangerous Place

Safety Comes First

In any household repair, maintenance, or even inspection activities, it is essential that your safety takes precedence over everything else, for what good is a fixed home without the owner to live in it. Somethings are best left to professionals. If you suspect you have roof damage it’s probably a good idea to schedule a free roofing inspection by a professional roofing contractor. But, if you insist on climbing up on the roof here some safety procedures you should follow. If you have metal roofing you must be extremely careful if the roof is wet.

Safety Equipment

  • Make sure to follow roof safety procedures such as ensuring that you have someone, a family member or a household help maybe, down below who can see you or can communicate with you.
  • If you are going to use a ladder to gain access to your roof, keep in mind to keep both hands and one foot, or both feet and one hand, in constant contact with the ladder at all times – a principle known as 3-point-contact.
  • Remember not to carry any equipment, parts, supplies, or worker’s tools up the ladder and instead use a rope or a hoist to raise or lower these materials to where you can reach them.
  • When using a portable ladder, whether single or extension, make sure to place the ladder so that the distance of the wall to the base of the ladder is about one fourth the length of the ladder from the ground to the support. Make sure also that the feet of the ladder are able to rest on a firm and level base and the top of the ladder rests on a weight-bearing surface which is strong and sturdy enough to support you and whatever you may want to take with you up the ladder.
  • Furthermore, make sure that the portable ladder that you will be using is long enough so that its top end sticks out about one full meter above the place you will be climbing to reach. Make sure also that the ladder has a non-slip base or is securely held or tied to a strong structure to preclude slipping. Never ever work from the top two rungs of your ladder nor the top two steps in your step ladder because these areas offer less stability than those in the lower and middle sections of the ladder.

Dangerous Weather

Lastly, never attempt to go on your roof and fix things during very bad weather because you are only exposing yourself to real danger. Wait it out and as soon as the storm passes, you can start making your informal roof inspection.: