Ladder safety, one rung at a time

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Ladders are a fact of life for construction projects and home improvement tasks of all sizes and types. We all own a couple and we tend to take their care and use pretty much for grated. But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that emergency rooms treat more than 164,000 ladder-related injuries each year in the United States, so taking a moment to inspect your ladders and review how to correctly set them up and use them can pay big benefits in terms of safety. Inspect your ladders: It just takes a moment to check things over before you set it up. Look for loose screws or other fasteners, as well as worn or damaged hinges and braces. Make sure the rungs are solid, straight and not damaged, and that the feet are intact and solidly attached. Inspect aluminum ladders for problems with the welds. For fiberglass and wood ladders, carefully inspect for cracks and splinters. Inspect extension ladder ropes carefully, and replace them immediately if they are worn or otherwise da...