With fall coming to a close and winter on its way, it’s likely that you’ve noticed debris in your gutter system by now. Leaving your gutters clogged over the winter season can lead to a myriad of problems and it’s important to keep them clog-free. However, you want to use caution in cleaning out your own gutters for the following reasons.
#1: Ladder Falls
Did you know that there are over 160,000 ladder falls in the US each year, resulting in emergency room treatments? Even worse, roughly 300 people die each year from falling off a ladder.
Ladder safety is the primary issue and danger of cleaning out your own gutters. There are several elements to ladder safety that you always need to remember, and it’s wise to have a second person hold the ladder steady while you climb.
#2: Slippery Shoes
In relation to climbing a ladder, you must remember to wear the correct footwear. This means choosing shoes that have traction to avoid slips.
#3: Eye Injury
While you might think it’s weird to worry about eye safety during gutter cleaning, there is potential for injury if you aren’t careful. This is because debris can blow into your eyes and cause scratches and irritation. That’s why it’s critical to wear protective eyewear when you are cleaning out your seamless gutters and rain gutters.
#4: Cuts and Scrapes
Meanwhile, you want to be careful that you do not cut or scrape your hands and arms while you work. Be sure to wear proper clothing including thick gloves and long sleeves.
You also need to be aware of any potential pieces of metal or rusty nail sticking out from your gutters. This can also lead to injury.
The good news is that you do not need to risk injury just to clean out your gutters. By choosing gutter covers and gutter protection, you will never need to climb on the ladder again! That’s because gutter protection keeps debris out of the system and won’t cause clogs.
Are you ready to reduce the risk of falls and other injury in relation to your gutters? We are here to help. Contact leaf guard for a free quote today!