Safety ladder is a common problem in the home, with nearly 180,000 emergency room visits and 150 deaths associated with the use of the ladder every year. And while human error may explain some of the problems, Consumer Reports of the records in their latest report that lax safety standards set and questionable design can also play a role.
Appliances some good performance in the use of Consumer Reports recently ‘single-person testing measures, versatile and telescoping ladder. But the seven 22 – to 26 foot telescoping ladder versatile and six safety hazards presented serious enough for them to be judged unacceptable.
CR assess versatile ladder following as unacceptable: Cosco 20 221-Tia, M22 Little Giant Type I and IA Aluminum, Type IA Fiberglass M 22, M 26 Type IA Aluminum, Werner MT-22 and MT -26. Multipurpose ladder 12-15 meters from Cosco, Werner, Little Giant rate and has excellent performance in a single test using Consumer Reports’ people.
Consumer Reports also rated six 12 ½ foot telescoping ladder extension can not be accepted: Telesteps 1205 Type IA, I and II (discontinued but still may not be available), 1600 Type IA and I, and Xtend & Climb 770. Consumer Reports did not report or other Telesteps telescoping ladder by Xtend and climb, but the ladder by Telesteps a very high level.
Separately, CR notes that safety standards for household consumers are not mandatory. In contrast, there are voluntary standards published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which describes the type based on the maximum weight.
“We are very problem that we see safety issues with stairs and by the fact that the voluntary safety standards for natural products at risk,” said Don Mays, senior director of product safety for the Consumer Union. “Consumers who use this product may develop a false sense of security that they need only rely on their own common sense to be safe.”
Consumer advocates Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, the standards should be mandatory safety meetings and arranged for all household rating for the consumer to meet he standard type, which calls for a maximum weight of 300 pounds.
+ Versatile telescoping ladder
CR notes that can offer flexibility versatile ladder because they can act as an extension or a ladder, or scaffold, and can be used on stairs. But seven multipurpose ladders that Consumer Reports rated not acceptable is very difficult for a person to safely lift, maneuver, and fully extend. They also pose a safety hazard crush hands and fingers between the upper and lower tiers CR section seeks to extend them and then fold them for storage.
All seven ladders extending more than 22 feet. Consumer Reports suggests that for higher around-the-home project of 17 feet or higher above the ground, the consumer would be better to choose, conventional extension ladder Type IA.
All multipurpose ladder reaches 12 to 15 feet is a very good performance in Consumer Reports testing. The Gorilla AL-13 ($ 100) and Werner MT-13 ($ 120) is a great choice for consumers who are looking for versatile ladder. Both perform well in test levels CR and CR best buy.
Certainly not acceptable telescoping ladders, Telesteps five models include instructions to slow their descent when it crashed, but CR found it all too easy for the users do not need to follow them, provide enabling passage comes down very quickly, posing a risk of destroying the hands and fingers.
Tests Xtend and climb 770 telescoping ladder showed that the foot can easily slide out from under the user with a smooth surface. Another safety issue is the lack of a positive indication for the lock on the ladder rungs.
Step ladders for their light weight and uncomplicated to use for activities close to the ground. A ladder rack is a great accessory to have the tools or paint. Consumer Reports tested 18 6-foot stepladders and level Cosco 2061A ($ 80), which Davidson 486-06 ($ 90) and 01-46002-00 Husky ($ 90) all CR Best buy. Cosco Aluminium combines performance with easy carrying. Dan Davidson Husky fiberglass and can be an excellent choice which will be close to the power grid.
Climbing stairs anything involves some risk. Consumer Reports recommends the following tips for safe use of ladders:
Read and follow all instructions.
Stairs straight 75 degree angle from the ground (1 foot for every 4 feet up).
Always face the ladder when climbing and one down, no more labeled maximum recommended steps.
Bang spreader a ladder is fully open and locked.
Extend the tripod straight roof ladder or work for proper stability and optimum safety ladder.
Consumers can visit the Consumer Reports to access full rating versatile ladders and stepladders, ladder safety and additional tips.