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'Festive fall' tips released by the Ladder Association

12 December 2014

Industry body the Ladder Association is helping keep people safe over the Christmas period as part of its annual Ladder Exchange scheme, which gives people the chance to trade in old, dangerous ladders for discounted new ones.

Each month the Ladder Exchange focuses on one safety theme, and December’s is all about the dangers unique to using a ladder around Christmas. On the Ladder Exchange website (ladderexchange.org.uk), a new Christmas section has been launched giving ‘Five Festive Tips’.
Ladder Association Chairman Cameron Clow said: "Between worsening weather and people putting up their decorations, Christmas is one of the most important times to make sure that people are being safe. This year the Ladder Association’s special Christmas guidance is a gift to everyone who might climb up a ladder at home or at work."
The Christmas tips include which type of ladder to use for which job – for example, stepladders are not recommended for getting into the loft at Christmas – and how to minimise the danger of slipping on icy surfaces.
After Christmas the Ladder Exchange ends on December 31st. Until then, people and businesses can continue to trade their ladders by visiting the website (ladderexchange.org.uk). Also ending in December is the annual Idiots on Ladders contest which runs alongside the Exchange. So far the public has sent in more pictures than in any previous year, and over 50 have been put online.
Images of the worst examples of ladder use can still be sent in by the public during December, to michael.fern@ladderassociation.org.uk.  In January, the ‘Biggest Idiot on a Ladder’ will be announced, based on which picture received the most Likes on the Association’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ladderassociation).