A compromised roof can weigh heavily on your mind as well as your pocket in terms of the possible damage it could inflict. It is a great idea to have a roof maintenance plan in place to minimise risk and large works needed to be done to your roof. It is however an extremely dangerous place a t times and you need to be aware of how to be safe if you are going to be on the roof. Here is a look at our basic roof safety guide.
Do not go onto a wet roof or in high winds
Before you even getting on the roof make sure it is a dry day. Wetness around the roof surface increases the risk of slippage. Furthermore, any wet leaves in the roof also pose an elevated likelihood of slippage. Do all your maintenance on warm calm days. Wind can also cause problems and should also be avoided where possible.
Use a safe ladder
The ladder is by far the most significant tool used in roof maintenance work. Selecting the best ladder is vital for safety. Make sure your ladder is non slip and is strong enough to hold your weight as well as the weight of the tools. Also take care when setting up your ladder that it is stable and tightly fastened so it cannot fall over.
Make sure you have all of the right safety equipment for the job. This can include non slip shoes, a harness attached to a harness point, gloves and a helmet where required. Some areas have safety regulations for working on a roof that will need to be adhered to.