How to Be Safe on a Roof (Rooftop Safety Tips)

Posted on DIY Salem Roofing Safety

Our Salem roofing experts have some tips to keep you safe in the course of your home improvement projects.

On this blog, we’ve shared several tips for saving money by rolling up your sleeves and taking the DIY route. However, it is important to keep in mind that safety is of the utmost importance. Most non-work accidents occur in the home, and the majority of those are caused by falls.

A good ladder is essential to working on the rooftop. It should be strong, and should extend at least 2 feet higher than the point you are trying to reach. But even the best ladder will not keep you safe unless you’re following the basics of ladder safety:

  • Keep three points of contact on the ladder at all times. While climbing, keep both hands on the sides of the ladder. When you’ve reached the height at which you intend to work, keep both feet firmly planted on the rung and one hand, if at all possible.
  • Place the ladder on a flat, sturdy surface, to ensure it will not slip or tip.
  • Make sure the ladder is rated for your weight–there should be a sticker on the side of the ladder that will have details regarding what the ladder is intended to handle.
  • Take extra care when reaching to one side or another, as even on a flat surface, a ladder could tip.

Depending on how much work you intend to do and how often you intend to do it, you may be wise to invest in a safety harness. They are becoming more common and less expensive, and may save you in the event that you fall off the roof. If you do choose to purchase and use a harness, take care in securing the anchor. Once that is done, be sure to attach the harness to the anchor with a strong rope or tether and adjust it so that you’re only able to move around to the perimeter of the roof.

Keep in mind that while there are many things you can do to inspect or maintain the roof on your own, there are jobs that are better taken on by professionals. When you come across such a job, please call us here at Slate & Slate Roofing for a free estimate.

Written by
Jillian Anderson Slate
Jillian is an insurance professional, working in commercial lines, with experience reviewing property conditions through that perspective.