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How to stay safe when working on your roof


Wearing the right personal protective equipment and knowing where to step on your roof offers you important fall protection when working on your roof
Wearing the right personal protective equipment and knowing where to step on your roof offers you important fall protection when working on your roof

If you're a homeowner, there's a good chance you'll need to do some work on your roof at some point. Whether it's fixing a leak, cleaning out the gutters, or replacing a couple of shingles that have been damaged by the wind, all of these are jobs you can do yourself if you're willing to put in the hard work and take care. Obviously, if you don't know what you're doing when it comes to roofing or construction, then hiring someone would be a wise move, but if you're confident in your own abilities then it's worth giving it a try.


One of the most important things to consider when working on your roof is safety. This means ensuring that you have all of the proper safety equipment and that you are using it properly. In this blog post, we'll share the proper safety measures needed to stay safe while working on your roof so you can feel confident about tackling your next roofing project.


How to access your roof safely


Data from the US Bureau of Labor reveals that the number of fatal deaths arising from a roof fall amongst roofing contractors is decreasing, which is good news. However, what the statistics also show is that even with occupational safety training and equipment, like a roof safety harness, roofing accidents can still occur. To stay safe while on your roof, you need to make sure that you're using the right type of safety equipment and adopting a safety-first mindset. Let's take a closer look at some tips that can help make sure you stay safe up there.


Ladder safety tips


With the proper ladder safety precautions and knowledge, you can be on the roof in no time and ready for whatever task is at hand. Here are the proper steps to take when accessing your roof using a ladder

  1. Make sure that you are using a ladder or another device properly rated for the height of the roof you're trying to access.

  2. Place the ladder on solid, level ground and that you are facing it properly (usually this means the feet of the ladder should be away from your home and the top of the ladder should be close to the wall).

  3. Always use at least two points of contact, meaning keep both hands and at least one foot on the ladder as you're climbing.

  4. Ensure that your ladder isn't leaning against a window, awning, siding or other structure that could shift and cause it to fall.

Roof safety


Once you're on your roof, there are a few key points to keep in mind so that you can stay safe and get the job done.

  • If you have one, it's always advisable to wear a safety harness and make sure that it is securely fastened to the roof.

  • Avoid working on your roof in bad weather or if it's not sunny out.

  • Avoid over-stretching or reaching too far as this can cause you to lose your balance and possibly fall

  • Lastly, wear proper shoes that won't cause you to slip easily.

Taking the necessary precautions and being safe while working on your roof can help ensure that you get the job done quickly and efficiently, while also enjoying a high level of work safety.


Inspect your roof before beginning any work


Whilst a personal fall arrest system as well as warning line systems represent the best in workplace safety measures
Whilst a personal fall arrest system as well as warning line systems represent the best in workplace safety measures

The condition of your roof is an important factor in any repairs or remodeling work you do, so inspect it carefully before getting started. Check for loose shingles, hairline cracks, missing pieces, and other signs of damage. It's important to identify and repair any roofing problems early so that they don't worsen and cause further damage.


A thorough roof inspection can save time and energy in the long run by ensuring your roof is in good shape and that you don't have to make any extra repairs. Taking the time to inspect your roof now will provide peace of mind for a long time to come.


Be aware of your surroundings


Taking a few moments to be conscious of your roof environment can make all the difference when it comes to working on your roof. Be aware of overhead wires, loose shingles, vents and other safety hazards on your roof that could cause you to fall or injure yourself. Pay attention to potentially slippery areas and avoid standing on loose shingles or in high-risk areas.


Work slowly and carefully


Whenever working on a roof, the most important rule to follow is to take your time and exercise caution. Moving too quickly and carelessly can easily lead to slipping off the roof which can cause serious injury. Therefore, it is imperative that you dedicate an adequate amount of time and focus to every task that is being done on the roof and always wear appropriate safety equipment, such as non-slip boots that will help ensure secure footing.


Clean up any debris after finishing the roofing job


Cleaning up after a roofing job is an important step in the process that can often be overlooked. Any debris left behind could become a hazard. It is important to sweep, bag, and properly dispose of any nails, broken tiles, construction scraps, dust, and dirt that litter the area after the job is complete. Additionally, check around any surrounding areas for anything that might have fallen off the roof.


Final thoughts


A fall protection system is what the professionals use when repairing roofs
A fall protection system is what the professionals use when repairing roofs

These roof safety tips will help you stay safe while inspecting and repairing your roof. Remember to always put safety first, wear the appropriate safety equipment, and take your time to ensure that the job is done correctly. With these guidelines in mind, you can keep your roof in good shape for years to come.


If you prefer not to work on your roof yourself, consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to take care of the job for you. They will be able to identify any problems and perform any necessary repairs in a safe, efficient manner.


At Sanders and Sanders Roofing, we're committed to providing the highest quality roofing materials and services as well as ensuring worker safety. Whether you need a minor repair or a more extensive remodel, or a replacement, we have the experience and expertise to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services and get a free estimate.


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