Every single hour, approximately 28 people will be admitted into a United States emergency room, for treatment of injuries sustained after falling from a ladder. Several of the annual ¼ million ladder related injuries took place while a homeowner was cleaning their gutters.
For the sake of everyone, please make 2017 the year that you commit yourself to safely and effectively clean your home’s gutters.
Setting Up Your Ladder
Never get blasé when it comes to setting up your ladder. Ideally, you should arrange for a second person to help you clean your gutters: that way one person can clean the gutters, while the other holds the ladder steady. Whether you have a gutter cleaning partner or not, adhere to these safety ladder rules:
- Always make sure the ladder is on even ground.
- Before climbing the ladder, make sure that the spreaders are locked into position.
- Don’t set the ladder at too steep an angle. The base of the ladder should be set one foot away from the building for every four feet you need to climb.
- Never stand on the top two rungs of the ladder.
- Always let someone know that you’re going to be on the ladder cleaning your gutters, so they’ll know to check on you.
While you’re on the ladder, focus only on the task at hand - cleaning the gutters, and always keep your body upright. It’s better to reposition the ladder, than to lean too far over and lose your balance. Also, wearing protective gloves, a long sleeved shirt, and protective glasses goes a long ways towards preventing gutter cleaning accidents.
Tools Needed to Effectively Clean the Gutters
When you are cleaning your gutters, one of the most important factors are the items you will need. Here is a list of the items needed to clean your gutters in a proficient manner:
- Gutter cleaning attachments
- Pistol grip sprayer attachment for your hose
- Safety goggles
- Dust mask
- Long sleeved shirt
Cleaning the Gutters
Use the gutter scoop attachment to remove leaves and other bits of debris. You can put the debris directly into a garbage bag, or scoop it onto a tarp that you’ve set up under the gutter. Use the sprayer on the hose to rinse the gutter and clean the downspout. If clumps of leaves frequently build up in your gutters, consider installing leaf strainers, which reduce the number of overall times you have to clean the gutters.
Hurst Farm Supply has many of the tools needed to safely clean your gutters, come see us today, and let us help you get your gutters in great shape for spring.