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Roof It Forward - 4 Safety Tips For Decorating Your Roof

January 12, 2023

One of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating your home, inside and out. Now that it's time to break out the string lights and the ladder, it's extremely important to prioritize and understand the safety precautions necessary to keep both yourself and your roof safe. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), 43% of holiday decorating injuries are caused by falls from ladders, with the most common injury being bone fractures. To prevent an emergency room visit during the holidays, learn 4 safety tips for decorating your roof.

Plan It Out

Prior to getting out the lights and ladders, you need to devise a plan. First, start by making sure you have a helper available to be there if you need anything and to stabilize the ladder. Test out all of your lights and decorations to make sure they are working properly before putting them up. Make sure you have proper materials, such as clips to hang up the lights, your decorations set out, and your string lights organized.

Use A Sunny Day

To be able to see what you're doing, put up your decorations on a sunny day without any precipitation. Snow, rain, and darkness will only add additional complications and potential problems when you are on a ladder trying to put up decorations. Also, make sure that you start earlier in the day so you have plenty of hours of sunlight to finish decorating.

Practice Ladder Safety

Ladder falls can be extremely dangerous, so it is important to practice ladder safety every time you have to use one. First, make sure your ladder has the proper weight rating and is in working condition. Only use your ladder on flat and level surfaces to prevent any tipping or leaning. Get a helper to keep your ladder stable. When you're on the ladder, do not overstretch to try and reach. This will shift your center of gravity and can quickly lead to a fall. Keep your ladder set at a 75-degree angle and do not stand on the top three rungs of the ladder. Ladder safety is key to preventing a fall.

Use Safety Gear

In addition to practicing ladder safety, you can use safety gear and dress properly to help prevent a fall. You should wear shoes with rubber soles that have traction and make sure the soles of your shoes do not have mud and dirt on the bottom. Use a tool belt to hold your tools and materials so you do not have to try and bend.

The holiday season is also accompanied by colder weather. If you haven't already prepared your roof for winter weather, it's time to get started.

Make sure your roof is in good condition before putting up your holiday decorations, and schedule a free video roofing inspection with ARAC Roof It Forward! A free video roof inspection will allow our team to diagnose potential problems that are going on with your roof. After the examination, we will show you any concerning areas of your roof, review your repair options, and provide a cost estimate. Schedule your free video inspection with Roof It Forward today.


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