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Roofing Safety Requires Common Sense, Equipment
Do-it-yourself roofing can be an excellent way to save money and improve your home. But skimping on safety can turn a simple roofing job into a deadly caper. Before you pick out your shingles or dust off your ladder, you need to take a crash course in roofing safety.
Common Sense Roofing
Remember that working on a roof is not the same as working on a solid surface. This might sound like common sense, but some roofers take risks that, while safe on the ground, can be deadly on the roof. You also want to remember that a roof can be slick. Pick out footwear that will help you keep your grip and don't walk more than you have to. According to Lowes, you can actually damage a roof by walking on it too much, not to mention increasing your chances of falling. Although it seems like common sense, working on a roof during a storm is never a good idea because this makes them even more slippery. In addition, standing on a roof during a lightening storm is a recipe for disaster.
Equipment Increases Roof Safety
Although much roofing safety is common sense, choosing appropriate roofing safety equipment can make the process safer. According to Lowes, a special safety harness is necessary for those working on steep roofs. Choosing an appropriate ladder is also important for safe roofing. A high-quality metal ladder, especially one that can hook onto the roof's edge is best. Of course, you'll also want a spotter to hold the ladder as you climb.
From common sense to specialized equipment, roofing safety is an important part of do-it-yourself roofing. Brushing up on roof safety before you begin your project can end up saving your life.