If more homeowners understood the correct method to clean their gutters, far fewer people would be injured or die while performing this common home maintenance task – and the statistics are surprising. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 90,000 emergency room visits result from ladder-related injuries every year. Over the last 10 years, the number of ladder-related injuries has increased by 50%.
Key to a safe gutter cleaning experience is knowing the precautions to take to protect yourself and your home.
- Use ladder safety. Before you begin, let someone know you will be cleaning your gutters. Get a sturdy ladder, and inspect it for defects, dents and loose parts before climbing. A four-legged stepladder is an ideal choice for a one-story structure, while an extension ladder works best for a home of two or more stories.
- Protect your hands and eyes. Gloves protect your hands from being cut by metal gutters or sharp screws. Gloves also shield your hands from exposure to bacteria-laden debris. Safety glasses or goggles are another must to protect eyes from flying debris while on a ladder.
- Wear rubber-soled shoes. When you’re moving up and down and ladder, or if it is necessary to walk on the roof, it’s important to wear rubber-soled shoes with good traction to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Because roofs tend to be damp in the morning, it’s best to do the job later in the day when the sun is well up.
- Pay attention to power lines. Before cleaning out gutters, take a good look at the overhead lines around your home. If there are lines nearby, be sure you do not position yourself or any tools near the lines. Many power companies recommend staying a minimum of 10 feet from all lines.
- Invest in gutter guards. A quality gutter guard like GutterShutter eliminates the need for routine gutter cleaning by keeping gutters free of dirt, debris and leaves.
Call GutterShutter today at 513-671-4000 to learn more about how our system can protect your home and your life!