Remember the 4-to-1 Rule for Ladder Safety to Avoid Home Improvement Injuries

This week I wanted to share with you a quick ladder safety tip that may come in handy just before the holidays if you're hanging decorations. Also, keep in mind one of the many benefits of the Raving Fan Club, which allows you to borrow our tools and supplies (a ladder perhaps?) for free whenever you need them. If you don't often have many occasions to get up on a ladder, you may not know that it can be dangerous if your ladder isn't angled properly for the distance you need to climb. When placing your ladder, remember the four-to-one rule: for every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall.

This tip comes from This Old House, which has a number of other ladder safety tips. This one stood out, though: It's easy to remember, and perfect for home improvement novices who only get on a ladder once a year to clean the gutters or hang lights for the holidays. Remembering the 4-to-1 Rule is an easy way to stay safe while using a ladder.