Posted on: 12 April 2017Share
If you have roof repairs or refurbishments that you want to make this spring, stay safe when you are up there. There are over 100,000 injuries per year related to homeowner's falling from their roof; take some precautions to prevent one of these accidents.
Reduce the risk of accidents and falls with these safety tips:
Drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay fully hydrated when working in hot weather on a warm rooftop. Dehydration is no joke; it can cause stiff muscles, cramps, headache, and vertigo, so drink plenty of water and take breaks periodically to get out of the sun.
Invest in a roofers seat. To avoid cramping and having your legs fall asleep when shingling, invest in a roofers seat. These handy seats fit down over the pitch, making it possible to sit and be a bit more comfortable during tedious roofing jobs. It helps prevent the poor circulation that is caused by trying to work on the awkward angles of your roof.
Prevent supplies from sliding. A great trick to keep your tools, shingles, and supplies nearby is to roll them up in a large piece of foam rubber. When you get on the roof, unroll the foam rubber near where you will be working; the tools will stick to the surface, keeping them near until you choose to move them. This prevents the constant reaching for the right tool that could cause you to lose your balance and fall.
Take frequent breaks. Roofing is exhausting and labor-intensive. Take frequent breaks and come down off the roof to avoid becoming too fatigued or dizzy.
Learn to use your ladder safely. Some accidents that occur during these projects have nothing to do with your roof but are about how you use your ladder.
Some things to keep in mind when using a ladder are:
- Never use the top run for a step; this is not intended for you to stand on and could cause the ladder to topple.
- Never support your ladder against the gutter system or eaves-trough of your home. These can break free from the weight, taking you down with them.
- Always be attentive and aware when transporting ladders around and through your property. Watch for low-hanging lines and cables—live or otherwise—to prevent injury including electrocution.
Consider hiring a roofing contractor to complete routine maintenance, repairs, and replacement to ensure you avoid injuries and accidents. If you insist on doing it yourself, keep these safety tips in mind before you take on these often-dangerous projects.