Ladder leaning against wall

Ladders are very useful when you need to access a hard-to-reach area, but they can be dangerous if misused.

When you're on a ladder, be sure to avoid these 10 potentially risky behaviours:

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Step ladder

A common sight in both the home and the workplace, step ladders are incredibly versatile - they can be used for everything from plastering ceilings and cleaning windows to changing light bulbs and redecorating the living room.

Folding step ladders are generally quite safe to use. They are self-supporting, so you don't have to lean your ladder up against the wall, and the steps are reasonably comfortable to stand on.

That being said, working at height is always potentially hazardous, and even when you're using a step ladder, it's important to take certain precautions in order to minimise the risk of injury.

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Want to make better use of your loft? Wish your attic were easier to access? Learn how to install a loft ladder with this easy-to-follow guide from Ladders UK Direct!

Man using a loft ladder

Pictured: Youngman Deluxe 2 Section Aluminium Loft Ladder

Please note that the correct installation method may vary from one product to the next. When you purchase your loft ladder, read the accompanying instructions carefully to ensure you don't install your ladder wrong.

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If you're self-quarantining right now because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), why not use this opportunity to do a bit of DIY around the house?

DIY home improvement

A lot of us are going to be stuck at home for the next few weeks, and with all the restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas currently closed, you may well have a lot of free time on your hands right now.

But why spend those vacant hours in front of the TV when you could use them to do a spot of DIY? This lockdown is the perfect time to tackle all those odd jobs you've been putting off for months!

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Ladder up against a tree

Falling from a ladder can lead to injury and even death, so it's important to ensure that your ladder is stable and free of defects before you use it.

But how often should you be inspecting your ladder? Is there a hard and fast rule?

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