Safety Tips When Working On The Roof

Working on a roof requires extra watchfulness. The surface is usually slick, sloped, and well above the ground. Below are some safety measures to take when you need to make roof repairs;

Don’t walk on the roof any more than you absolutely have to, you may cause more damage to the roof and will increase your chances of an accident. Don’t walk on tile or slate roofs do to the fact they are too slippery and breakable to safely work on.

Don’t walk on steep pitched roofs: Let a professional make any repairs on a sharply pitched roof. If your roof slopes more than 25 degrees or rises more than 4 inches vertically for every 12 horizontal inches, the roof is too unsafe to work on and you will need to call a professional.

Wear: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and non slip rubber-soled shoes with good ankle support when working on the roof.

Work on the roof only in dry days:  Calm warm weather conditions are the only conditions you can safely work on a roof.  A wet roof can be unsafe conditions with a sudden wind you can be knock you off balance.

Never: Never work on the roof when lightning is around.

Repairing damaged shingles: When repairing a roof with brittle or old roofing materials and rotted decking never place your weight on the damaged shingles you are repairing as a safety precaution. You may fall right through the roof.

No power lines: Stay well away from power lines. Make sure neither your body nor the equipment you use to fix the roof comes into contact with the power lines.