Working on a roof is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult jobs you can have. Whether you are looking to make a repair to the roof on your home or business, or are interested in working for a roofing company, you need to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. A fall from a roof, no matter how high, can lead to dire consequences. Here are top five roof safety tips to follow so you can complete the project without suffering any injuries.
Monitor the Forecast
The first thing you should always do prior to beginning a roofing project is to monitor the forecast. It’s just like going out on a boat; you don’t want to get caught in a storm because you have little to no protection. If there is a storm in the forecast, do not start the project. You don’t want to begin ripping up old shingles to have it rain. The rain can easily seep into the home, causing water damage and problems with mold. Don’t even risk it if the forecast isn’t calling for a day without the chance of a storm.
Positioning the Ladder
You will need a ladder to access your roof no matter where it is located on your home or business. If you have to go through a window, you should still have a ladder set up on the ground in the event someone closes the window on you. If the roof is uneven, add a leveler to the ladder to make it safe to climb.
Use a Safety Harness
Even if you are the most experienced roofer there is, you should always use a roof safety harness when working on your roof. The harness must be attached to a permanent roof anchor that is installed on the ridge of the roof. Not only will this protect you from experiencing a potentially deadly fall, it will also help you move around the roof easily.
Never Work Alone
You might think the project you are handling will only take five minutes, why should I ask for help? Well, if you work alone on a roof and fall, who will know you need emergency care? You should always have someone working with you, whether they are on the roof alongside you or monitoring your progress from the ground.
Wear Protective Equipment
Aside from the harness, you should wear a helmet, gloves, goggles, boots with good traction and any other piece of protective equipment you think is necessary. You want to eliminate the various ways you can suffer an injury when working on a roof and this equipment will help make that happen.
Ready to Work on Your Roof? Call Aastro Roofing Today
Are you ready to undertake a roofing project at home? If so, it’s a good idea to call the roofing team from Aastro Roofing to discuss your project and what you will need. Call us today at 561-409-3280 to schedule a consultation. Be sure to follow these roofing tips so that your project goes off without a hitch.