Roof maintenance safety checklist

Updated July 26, 2013, 12:00 am Yahoo!7

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Read this essential checklist before you go anywhere near a ladder.

photo by Dieter Mylius

Protecting yourself is top priority when working at a height. Use this simple checklist before doing any work on your roof- it's better to be safe than sorry!

Your checklist

✓Pick the day. A roof is no place to be when it’s wet or it may rain.

✓Hire a professional to do the job if the roof is steep (over 35 degrees).

✓Don’t work alone. You need someone to steady the ladder and, if you do slip, help you down or call for assistance.

✓Make sure the ladder is sound. If it can’t stand on firm, level ground, support the legs on sturdy wide chocks.

✓Wear non-slip closed footwear – bare feet or thongs are not suitable. Soft-sole tennis shoes are a good choice.

✓Don’t step on old, very brittle terracotta tiles, as you may end up causing more damage.

✓If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, climb down. It’s better to hire a professional used to working at heights.

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