Using a safety ladder as part of your home’s fall prevention strategy can dramatically reduce the risk of someone walking or falling and injuring themselves. Fall injuries are one of the most common sources of death in the elderly population, and they’re often serious enough to require hospitalization.
What is a safety ladder?
A safety ladder is a ladder that has been specially designed to fall in a controlled manner in the event it becomes loose. The safety features of the ladder include auto-locking pins, which hold the rungs down; and a slip-resistant coating, which makes it easier for elderly people to climb the ladder and aids in preventing slips and falls.
Why should you choose a safety step ladder over a conventional ladder?
Although traditional ladders are cheaper, they are not safe or comfortable to use. It is best to use a safety ladder to provide full support, especially when used by the elderly. Compared with adults and young people, the balance ability and eye coordination ability of the elderly decreases with old age. They must only use safety ladders to compensate for this.
Ladders are convenient, but not all are suitable for the elderly. Even with basic support, the ladder still has other functions and needs to be distinguished by the elderly before it can be used. They need more than a good base to stay safe, especially when they are alone. But is there any danger in climbing ladders? Yes. According to data from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the World Health Organization (WHO) has noticed many injuries by ladders. To make matters worse, many people die every year due to falling off ladders.
Although you want to stay safe at all times, accidents keep happening. Because older people have weaker muscles, slower reactions, and are prone to old age syndrome (ie, health conditions related to aging), they should be careful when using tools and equipment, which also applies to step ladders.
Advantages of Safety Ladder:
- Safety- The safety ladder for senior citizens is the safest to use, making it the best choice for the elderly. They provide additional support due to the tetra-pedal rail system that prevents tilting, spreader locks or crossbars that prevent spreading, non-slip shoes that prevent slipping, and locking springs that hold different parts of the ladder stationery during climbing.
- Convenience- The safety ladder has more handles and railings than usual ladders and can be grabbed when climbing. Most elderly people lose their sense of balance and have more parts to hold, which is essential to avoid accidents caused by improper falls. For a sturdy base, the steps are particularly wide and non-slip.
- Comfort- The height between the steps of the safety ladder is less than the height between the steps of the conventional ladder. The larger step width ensures that standing on these stairs for long periods of time does not feel uncomfortable because the elderly often have knee and leg problems.
- Carrying Space- Elderly safety ladders almost always provide rungs or stay at the top to store or hang the items they are using. This frees them from having to carry additional loads and only focus on safe climbing.
- Transportation- Safety ladders designed for seniors generally add a secure carry handle so seniors don’t have to lift their full weight from one location to another.
Precautions to take while using Safety ladder for seniors:
Although climbing is the safest, the safety ladder for the elderly does not completely prevent slipping. This is mainly due to the slower response of aging people. There may also be other accidents that do not involve falls. Therefore, it is very important to take some safety measures into account before using the safety ladder.
- Before using any safety ladder, check its stability carefully. Pay particular attention to loose or missing screws and bolts, broken rails, steps or bars, spring stretched or cut off, and any other possible failures.
- Make sure that the ladder is not placed on a slippery surface or uneven ground. In addition, please make sure that the ladders themselves do not become slippery or uneven due to some substances on them. If the ladder is contaminated with any slippery substance (such as oil or water), clean it before climbing.
- Try to have someone nearby when climbing a ladder to provide additional support or handle the situation in the event of an accident. If you still have to climb alone, make sure to bring a medical alert device with you so you can ask for help if you need it.
- Avoid using ladders in closed doors, doorways, or corners near-blind paths. If absolutely necessary, post some kind of warning to avoid accidents.
- Do not climb the ladder until the ladder is fully opened and the railing and top step are locked in place.
- Don’t try to go too far when standing on the safety ladder. Never reach out to take things at your back.
- Do not turn or move too fast on the ladder. You may suddenly release the lock and make the ladder unstable.
- If you are not sure about the anti-slip steps of the ladder, wear anti-slip soles for added safety.
- Do not climb the top step of the ladder, because it is very dangerous for both the ladder and the user. Do not stand on the third-highest rung of the ladder.
- Do not attempt to load a ladder that exceeds its load capacity. Also, make sure the ladder has been thoroughly tested and given some safety standards.
- Always hold the ladder firmly. Your three limbs must always be in contact with the ladder to keep your center of gravity close to the center of gravity of the ladder.Two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand should always be in contact with the ladder. For the same reason, don’t try to climb a ladder with too many objects. It’s better to climb often and stay safer than regret later.
- When using a ladder, always stand in front of the ladder and do not cross the side rails.
- The ladder is not recommended to lean against the wall, even in the closed position.
- Do not climb a ladder in a strong wind.
- Do not move the ladder before going down.
Remember: even if you have a safe ladder, climbing a ladder is not without risk. Do this only when you really need it. If you have mobility issues or balance problems, please have someone do it for you. Also, if you feel tired, stay away from the ladder.