(NAPSI)—A few simple steps, when it comes to ladders, could save 300 lives a year, according to the World Health Organization. In addition, 164,000 emergency room treatments could be avoided.
The number of ladder-related injuries in the United Sates increased by more than 50 percent in 15 years, says a study in an issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
These tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission can help prevent you from becoming such a statistic:
- Always level the ladder on firm ground.
- Have someone hold the lower end.
- Keep ladders away from doors that can be opened.
- Only one person on a ladder.
- Don’t stand on the top rung.
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