If you own a home, you probably own a ladder as well, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you know how to use it safely. There are so many accidents with people falling off of ladders every year that could be avoided. This is why you should take a minute before you use your ladder to put some safety points firmly in mind.

The most important thing is to never extend too far from the center of the ladder. Trying to reach something that is just out of range is how many end up falling off the ladder or causing it to tip over. While it might seem like a pain when you are way up in the air to go back down and move the ladder, that is exactly what you should do to keep yourself safe.

You should also make sure to maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times. If necessary, you could clip on a harness that will keep you tethered if you need both hands for a task.