There is a very good likelihood that at some point, you are going to need to get to an out-of-reach place, and do it safely. Be it getting a jar off a shelf that is just a little too high, or climbing on the roof to clean out your gutters, the only good way to do those elevated tasks is with an assist from a ladder or step stool.
Every home can profit from having a quality, properly-rated step stool on hand. And for outdoor chores, ladders are invaluable. There are many different factors to weigh when selecting if your needs are more to the domestic step stool arena, or a more versatile, ladder-type setup. Let's break them down and help you decide what you will work best..
Essentially, there are four types of height-assisting devices for home use: step stool, step ladder, platform ladder and pole ladder.
Many materials can be used to make a ladder or step stool. These are the most common.
In order to remain safe and maximize efficiency, we recommend the following:
- If at all possible, never use your ladder or step stool while you are alone. Having a spotter can mean the difference between safely completing your task, and having a nasty fall.
- Know what your ladder is rated for as far as how much weight it can hold. Different sizes and builds are rated with specific guidelines for their maximum load capacity. Never exceed it.
- Unless it is specifically intended for it, never use the top step on a ladder. Obey the safety guides on all ladders when they indicate which step is not to be used.
- All ladders should only be used on a level surface. If anything detracts from the ladders stability, the results can lead to serious injury. Even with a spotter, always have the feet of any ladder or step stool on a smooth, even plain.
- Maintain the ladders integrity with routine maintenance. A compromised ladder can break under your feet without much warning. Read the guidelines of cleaning and upkeep for your ladder or foot stool to avoid an accident due to negligence.