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by Wayne Wood | Posted on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013 — 1:00 AM
Spring cleaning sometimes takes intrepid householders to new heights: scaling ladders to clean gutters, wash windows, dust light fixtures or engage in other off-the-ground beautification or maintenance projects.
“Ladders are essentially unstable devices that we must try to make as stable as possible,” he says.
Across the U.S., more than 90,000 people are treated annually for ladder-related injuries according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and in his years as an emergency-room physician, Slovis has seen his share of terrible injuries caused by ladder falls.
“Falling off a ladder can kill you, or change your ability to walk for the rest of your life,” he says.
Slovis offered some tips to use ladders safely:
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