Just bought a house and ready to jump in and start working on it? Yes! We have all been there. So today, In an effort to promote homeowner attic safety, we’d like to share a couple tips to prevent you from falling through your ceiling and possible serious injury.
Three Points of Contact Rule:
At ALL times you should have three points of contact. That could be two feet and one hand, two hands and a knee, your thigh and two hands (usually when you’re trying to squeeze toward the soffit/eave area) or any number of combinations. Now if you’re carrying a flashlight that may limit you. This is where a holster and a headlamp come in handy. So if you’re straddling some duct work and you don’t want to crush it you’re going to need each hand on a truss or other firm hold as well as one foot solid while you swing your leg over the duct. Trying to just swing over with both feet while holding on with your hands suddenly means you are unstable and that’s when trouble can set in quickly. Three points give you a solid foundation and options to catch yourself should you slip or a board gives away.
Never Trust Your Eyes:
Now we all pretty much know the roof trusses are shaped like a triangle so where your hand is-there should be a 2×4 directly below for your foot. DON’T rely on that, instead test it with your foot. Construction is a whacky thing and I’ve caught myself plenty of times almost walking on drywall or a recessed lighting fixture. Add to this 14 inches of insulation, sweat in your eyes and your 15 minutes late… could be a recipe for disaster and a quick trip to the first floor, the hard way. Sure, know which way the trusses run but with each step tap your landing spot to make sure your foot is on that 2 x 4. Never release your third contact point until you’re sure you’re on solid footing.