Falling For Lights

In Utah, I remember going around to see Christmas lights, finding the ones that put on a show to go with a radio station to be beautiful. Turns out, they do those here in Australia too! And even some crazy houses that do like mazes and walk through things in their yards. While impressive, that sounds like way too much effort for me, so I’ll stick to visiting other people’s houses. However, by now, Christmas will be passed and many are looking to take down those lights and move them into storage. It is very important to do so safetly, just as you did when putting them up, hopefully.

Most likely, you’re going to need a ladder, so you need to make sure you pick the right ladder for the job. Check load requirments and make sure it meets Australian standards. If you’re working on ground that isn’t level, use a ladder that has leg levellers, anti-slip guards, and stabilisers. Extension ladders and A-fram ladders can get the job done, but platform ladders are safer, so that might be something to look into. You need to have a spotter when using an extension ladder if you can’t anchor it either at the top or bottom.

When on the ladder, make sure there is always three points of contact (two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand). Even when carrying items up and down the ladder, you’re safest when ensuring three points of contact. While it may be tedious, it’s always safer to climb down the ladder and move it rather than reaching or leaning away from the ladder; you risk tipping it if you do. Lastly, make sure you’re sorted out before climbing up the ladder—the last thing you want to do is get to the top only to find that the lights are all tangled.

All in all, the less time you need to spend on the ladder, the better. And when you do need to climb one, make sure you do so properly to avoid a trip to the hospital. Wouldn’t want to break any Christmas lights either.

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