Many risks are associated with cleaning your gutters, such as slipping, tripping, falling off a wet roof or ladder, and being shocked by electrical wires.
Allocating a professional gutter cleaner budget could be a smart investment because more than 164,000 people are injured in falls off of ladders in-home cleaning projects every year. If you decide to take on gutter cleaning yourself, be very careful to scope out hazards such as wet leaves on the roof and exposed electrical wires.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, there are many reasons that ladders pose a risk.
Statistics Concerning Ladder Dangers
- According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. caused by falls from ladders.
- Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less.
- Over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.
- Falls from ladders are the leading cause of ladder-related injuries, followed by improperly using a ladder, using a defective ladder, and simple carelessness.
Source: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
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