Taking Down Christmas Lights Means Teaching Ladder Safety!

Over the weekend with the warmer weather was the perfect time to get a head start on spring by taking down our Christmas lights.

When ever dad goes to do anything in the yard my kids are always there to help me out.

We started by taking down the blow up decorations and pulling out the pegs in the grass.

Then we took the lights off our hedge which was tricky near the rose-bush.

We then started the house, and this is where dad teaches how to use a ladder. I have been told by quite a few people, that having my kids help me with the lights is dangerous and I shouldn’t do it as they are too young – is it really though?

Ladder injures are a big thing. You always here the stats every year how people get hurt by falling off ladders and not knowing how to use them proper is the reason why. Not a lot happens at the workplace for falling at heights as there are big safety regulations put in place, most of them happen at home.

Now my 2 younger kids at 7 and 10 already know how to do things safely and for me, teaching this early is very important.

Here are some of the things I teach:

  • Set the ladder up proper on stable ground and anchor it if possible. For me, dad is always holding on as well as their spotter.
  • Watch your angles to avoid tipping, us a 4-1 angle ratio.
  • Never go higher than need be when going up. Never stand on the top rung of any ladder.
  • Have at least 3 rungs above the roof if heading on top.
  • Keep 3 points of contact at all times. (2 feet – 1 hand or 1 foot – 2 hands)
  • Most important never reach over having your body cross the side. It may take a bit longer to come down and re-set but it is the safest way.

Knowing these simple rules for ladder safety can mean all the difference. Teaching my kids at a young age means they will respect the tools they need for the job at hand.

I love spending these moments with my kids. It may be a chore but it is a great teaching moment as well. Remember little eyes are always watching, live by what you teach.