This post is all about how to use an extension ladder safely.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that an estimated 250,000 Americans need medical treatment due to ladder-related injuries in 2012 alone, and most of the accidents occurred at home.

You think I must be joking, right?

But you’re wrong!

It’s the statistics from NEISS Data Highlights – 2012.

We’ve all been there without knowing the safe use of a ladder, especially the extension ladder.

But how can you avoid it?

All you need to learn is the safe use of extension ladders. That includes the rules of the right setting, raising and climbing up the ladder.

Here are the details.


How to Use an Extension Ladder – Step-By-Step Guidelines

Step 1: Position the ladder

In the collapsed position, move the ladder into the place where you plan to use it.

Set it down on its safety feet or shoes.


Step 2: Extend the ladder

Push the fly or telescopic section to raise it to your desired height. If your selected model comes with a pulley, grab and pull on the rope to extend it.

During this raising process, make sure that the base is footed on the ground.

If you need stepping onto the roof of your home, make sure the top end of the ladder is long enough to extend at least 3 feet beyond the roofline or above the level you’re climbing.

To ensure the fly section won’t slide back while you are climbing up, lock the rung hooks in place and tie off the end of the rope to a lower rung.


Step 3: Lower the ladder to the support

Once the ladder is extended and locked, check its stability.

Grab the rail to your thigh-high and lift it slightly to ensure the base of the ladder doesn’t kick out. Also, check both the ladder feet sit firmly on the ground.

Make sure both the rails have good contact with the support wall.


Step 4: Set the ladder at the proper angle

Place it by following the correct angle for the extension ladder. The leaning ladder’s feet will make a 75-degree angle to the base.

According to the 4 to 1 ratio, the feet or base of your ladder should be ¼ of the extended ladder height away from the support wall. Say, for a 16 feet ladder you should place it 4 feet away from the wall. (16* ¼=4)


Step 5: Climbing up the ladder

Stand facing the ladder and climb the ladder slowly-one rung at a time. Grab the steps or rungs with your both hands. Avoid grabbing rails while climbing up.


Extension Ladder Using Tips

Extension Ladder Safety Precautions


Using an extension ladder is not so challenging. But of course, it requires proper guidelines and attention.

As long as weight capacity is within the limit, surfaces are stable and simple safety precautions are followed properly, it’s safer to climb up.

I hope these guidelines, using tips and safety tips on how to use an extension ladder will be helpful to you.


Hi! This is George Gantt. I’ve completed a Diploma in Architectural engineering. After completing the diploma, I have spent 10+ years as an Architect in the construction field. To continue my love in this field and share my experiences, I’ve created this website for our valuable readers.

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