Safety First For Roof Repairs

Posted on: 22 July 2015

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Repairing a roof is not for the faint of heart. In most instances it is best left up to the professionals who not only know how to fix the roof properly but can do it safely. However, there may be times when you desire to repair something on your roof. Perhaps it is shingles that need to be replaced, heating cables that need to be added, or gutters that need to be fixed. Whatever repair you are making to your roof, you need to make sure that you are taking the proper safety precautions so that you do not risk injury or death while working. Below are some safety tips that you need to employ to make sure you are working safely on the roof.

  1. The Buddy System. Most responsible people do not climb mountains, scuba dive, or even swim alone. This is because they know that if something happens there will be no one there to help them. The same idea, often known as the buddy system, should be employed whenever you go up onto the roof. Someone should always be there to watch out for you in case of an emergency.
  2. Check All Equipment. Ladders, ropes, harnesses, boots and other safety equipment should not only be used appropriately but inspected often. Before using a ladder, it should be examined to make sure the rungs are secure, screws and bolts are not loose, and the rungs are not slippery. You should also make sure that it is on a solid footing so that it is not likely to fall. 43% of falls occur on ladders, resulting in thousands of injuries each year. If the ladders are properly used and inspected, this number will go down and you will have less of a chance of injury. Making sure that ropes are not fraying and that harnesses are in good working order is also very important.
  3. Pay Attention. Many accidents can occur when you are not paying attention or are distracted by other things. When working on a roof, one wrong step could mean a serious fall. You should always know where you are on the roof and what is around you. Do not let others distract you from the work at hand. Talking to others, listening to music, or letting your thoughts stray could be dangerous.

These are a few of the tips that you should keep in mind while repairing a roof. They can help keep you safe and might even save your life. If you have any apprehension about getting up on the roof, you should leave it to a professional. Why not find out more by speaking to a local roofing expert or visiting a roofing website?