Scaffold rental can be necessary for homeowners taking on DIY projects like gutter repair and house painting. Scaffolding can make reaching parts of your house much easier, which can make your DIY projects go more quickly and smoothly. Knowing how to use your scaffolding safely is an important part of completing your home improvement projects without problems. The following tips will help you (and those around you) stay safe while using your scaffolding.
Know When to Get Down
Scaffolding can be dangerous during storms and times of high wind. Check the weather forecast before planning to use your scaffolding. If storm clouds roll in while you're on the scaffolding or if the wind picks up, move on to other projects and return when the weather is safer.
If your scaffolding relies on a wire and hoist system to operate (a type not commonly used in residential projects), get off the scaffolding if any wires or ropes show signs of fraying.
Maintain a Level Scaffold
Each time the scaffold is moved, check the decking with a level and adjust the legs as necessary. Do not extend the leg adjustment screws more than 12 inches.
Keep Feet Secure on the Deck of the Scaffold
Your feet should not leave the deck of the scaffold at any time during scaffold use. Do not lean out with your body bent over the railing of the scaffold or climb up on the railing at any point. Never shake the scaffold to move it one direction or another.
Keep Children and Pets Safe Around the Scaffolding
Pets and children may be interested in the scaffolding, and young children in particular may try to climb up on the scaffold. Set up a rope or barrier around the base of your scaffolding to keep children away from the structure. Establish rules requiring your children to walk, not run, when in the vicinity of the scaffold.
Never Leave Tools Unattended on the Scaffold
Leaving things on the scaffold unattended could lead to those things being blown off at a later time, during periods of bad weather. Take down everything from the deck of the scaffold when you're finished using it. When removing tools and other items from the deck of the scaffold, lower the items. Never toss anything from the deck of the scaffold.
For more information about the proper way to use a scaffold, talk to a scaffold rental company like All Star Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc. and consult with the manufacturer's instructions.