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Extension Ladder Safety

Extension ladders are ideal for reaching extra high areas and they can be easily adjusted for working at different heights.  When the job's done, they're easily restored to a manageable length for transportation and storage.

 If you have any questions or queries please call our friendly support team on

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Secure the extension ladder at the bottom, either by staking it to the ground when the ground is soft, screwing down a piece of wood (cleat) when the ground is hard; such as decking, or having someone else holding it.


Stand below the top 2 steps,
and if working on a roof have a minimum of 1 meter above the roof line.

Never carry tools in your hands; always use a toolbelt or pouch.  This ensures you have the best amount of control over your upper body whilst climbing, and keeps your tools safely at hand whilst working up high.


Maintain 3 points of contact; 1 hand and 2 feet, or 2 feet and one hand.  Keeping this rule in mind and ensuring you're always facing the ladder, and keeping your body near to the middle of the step will help to keep you safe.

Ensure all extension ladder locks are properly engaged.  Also, make sure none of the locking mechanisms are worn or damaged before use.


Do not use if there's broken rungs, as just one broken rung can cause a ladder to fail.


Have a firm and level base.  It's important that your ladder's feet are placed on level ground and the foot material has contact with the ground.  Check there's no dirt, soil or sand between the ladder and the ground as this can cause slipping.

For more detailed safety guideance please see our Ladder Safety Information page.

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