Are you planning to pull out the ladder and give your roof an end of summer inspection? Or have you been feeling like there’s an issue that you’d like to give a closer look? If you answered yes to either of those questions and you’re attempting to inspect the roof of your house, remember that nowhere is safety more important than when it comes to climbing on a steep roof. Whether you’re a DIY repairman or an experienced roofer, it’s very important to follow some simple precautions to keep you safe. Here is a list of safeguards to heed when working on your homes’ roof.
#1 Never work on the roof alone! Always have another person with you in case something should happen and you need medical attention.
#2 Be sure your ladder is in good, working condition and is placed on a solid, level surface. If need be, dig a small ditch and anchor the base of the ladder that way.
#3 You should always wear a safety harness that is tied to something sturdy. If you were to slip, the harness would prevent you from falling off of the roof.
#4 Proper footing and accessories include sturdy shoes or boots with good traction to prevent slipping, as well as safety glasses and a hardhat.
#5 Keep your work site clear of debris and tools. Clean up as you go – including nails, shingles and nail guns – which can pose a tripping hazard.
#6 Consult the forecast. If there are thunderstorms, rain, or high winds in the weather, or the roof is icy, delay your work until conditions improve.
#7 If you find any damage, whether it be major or minor, it’s best to call your Jacksonville roofing company, A Crown Roofing, to get a professional opinion so the damage gets fixed properly and in a timely manner.