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2 Things To Do To Work Safely On A Roof

Climbing up on a roof isn't necessarily the safest thing that anyone can do. It can be dangerous, especially on a roof with a steep pitch. The higher the roof, the more important it becomes to make sure that you are using safe practices when you are up on that roof. There are several things that you do to make sure that you are safe. 

Wear Appropriate Footwear

One thing that you need to do is to make sure that you are wearing the right kind of shoes. The shoes should be tie shoes so that there is no risk of stepping or slipping out of them. They also need to be shoes with non-slip soles. Soles with plenty of traction will give you good grip no matter what the roof surface is. If you are just going to be doing an inspection, then you don't need to worry about wearing heavy-duty work boots, but if you are going to be doing any kind of work on the roof, then you will probably want to make sure that you are wearing sturdy boots. Steel-toe boots may be relatively heavy, but it's better to wear heavy shoes than it is to drop something on your foot and end up injured. 

Wear a Safety Line

The higher or more steeply pitched the roof it, the more important it is that you wear some kind of safety line. You can do this by making sure to install some roof brackets on the roof. The bracket that you would use to attach a safety line on would go near the peak of the roof, and you should also attach another bracket near the bottom of the roof so that you can run a safety rope in between the two. Then you would wear a harness with another rope attached to it. You would clip that rope onto the safety line. If you were to slip, that rope would catch you before you would slip all the way off the roof and hurt yourself. For a large roof or for multiple people working on the roof, you would want to have more than one line so that everyone is protected, no matter what part of the roof they are on. 

If you are going to be climbing up on a roof, it's important to keep safety foremost in your mind. You want to be able to come down from the roof in the same condition you went up. Your roofing supplier might be able to provide more tips and safety equipment.