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Ladder Safety



Ladder Safety
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.73

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     challenging words:    rungs, stepladder, leaning, tips, easily, doing, loose, hire, okay, people, safety, there, attention, phone, pail, dangerous


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Ladder Safety
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     There are many times that people have to get on ladders both inside and outside their house. A light bulb might need to be changed. Or you may want to put lights on the outside of your house for Christmas. No matter what the reason, people need to be careful when they are on ladders. If they aren't, they could fall and get badly hurt.
 
2     In 2004, more than 540,000 people were hurt falling off ladders. Most of the time they had cuts and broken bones. Other times they were hurt very badly.
 
3     There are safety tips that you can follow so that you don't get hurt. Before you get on the ladder, look at it. Make sure there aren't any loose screws. Make sure all of the rungs or steps are tight. Check the rungs to make sure they are dry and don't have any dirt on them. It would be very easy to slip if the rungs are dirty.
 
4     Make sure you are careful when you set up the ladder. Make sure it is on flat ground. Watch out for ground that may be soft because of rain or melting snow. If you are in the house, you won't have to worry about the rain or snow. But you should still make sure that the ladder is on a floor that is flat. Don't set the ladder on a table or couch so that you can reach higher places.
 
5     Don't use the top of the ladder as a seat when you are tired. You can easily lose your balance and fall off. Also, the top isn't made to hold a lot of weight. The weight of one person could break the top of the ladder while you are on it.

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