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Using Caution While Cleaning Your Gutters

Todays Date: December 13, 2018

Gutter cleaning is a necessary evil in home maintenance. Many people opt to do this task themselves. But before you do so there are a few safety tips you should follow.

1. Make certain that you use a sturdy ladder. Always set the ladder on level ground. If standing the ladder in a flower bed, be sure all straw or mulch is moved out of the way to allow the ladder is set firmly on the ground.

2. If you are using an extension ladder and have to lean it against the gutters, cut a small 2×4 at least as wide as the ladder and place it inside the gutter. This will give you a firm area to lean the ladder against and reduce the risk of damaging the gutter.

3. When you are on a ladder, never lean out to the left or the right of the ladder. Always keep your hips square with the ladder to maintain your balance.

4. When climbing the ladder you should not stand on the top 2 steps of the ladder. It is easy to lose your balance when standing on these two steps.

5. If you decide to clean the gutters from the roof, use a safety harness for protection from falling. Never try to lean out over the gutters.

6. Never try to walk on the roof during rainy, icy, or windy conditions.

7. When working on the roof or climbing a ladder it is a good idea to wear non-slip shoes like sneakers or work boots.

8. Always wear heavy duty work gloves to protect your hands from sharp metal corners and screws sticking through metal surfaces.

9. If is a good idea to wear protective eye wear or safety glasses while cleaning the gutters. It is not uncommon for gutters to have roof granules and other small particles to can get into your eyes.

10. Always stay clear of electrical lines.

While cleaning your gutters is a good way to maintain the exterior of your home and it’s foundation, by following these safety tips you can do it carefully.

Hubert Miles is a blogger for many websites and the webmaster of Lake Houses. Get more information on Lake Land websites.

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