If you are carrying tools and materials up or down your ladder, make sure that it can safely support the weight of these items. If you have pets in your home, make sure that any loft ladders are installed to meet all current safety requirements.
Choose The Right Type Of Loft Ladder
To choose the right type of loft ladder, you should consider the following:
- The correct length for the loft. If your ladder is too short, it can be dangerous as it’s difficult to get up or down safely. It’s also important to make sure that there is enough room for you to use both hands when climbing up and down (around 300mm above floor level). A longer ladder may not fit in some lofts so measure before deciding which one will work best with your home.
- The correct width for the loft opening. If you have a wide-opening loft hatch then a wider step ladder might be more suitable than an average-sized one because they are less likely to catch on any corners while being put away after use or stored at home without taking up too much space overall.
What Is A Much Safer Option
A much safer option is to install a safe Loft ladder. They are installed in the loft and can be accessed via a hatch in the ceiling of the room below. They are safer because they do not require you to climb up and down a ladder, which is particularly important if you have young children or pets who are likely to climb up with you.
Installing A Safe Loft Ladder
Loft ladders are usually installed in the loft, but can be fitted in other locations. To ensure you have a safe and secure loft ladder, follow these steps:
- Check that your loft ladder is suitable for the location. Most manufacturers will provide information about whether their products are suitable for use in lofts as well as other similar areas such as garages or workshops (see manufacturer’s instructions). If you are installing a loft ladder over an existing stairway or landing to gain access to a room above, make sure that it has been approved by a building control or structural engineer.
- Ensure that the mounting point is strong enough to support the weight of people using the ladder and its contents – check this with a structural engineer if necessary.
- Where possible use railings on both sides of the opening – this will reduce falls into gaps between floors and prevent items from being dropped through open spaces beneath them when opened fully.
Installing a safe loft ladder is the best way to ensure that you, your family, and guests can access the loft area safely. This type of ladder has been designed specifically for this purpose, making it much safer than a standard one. The best thing about them is that they don’t take up any space at all and instead fold away when not needed, so there’s no need for an extension at ground level either. Once installed correctly, these ladders will be very unlikely to fail which makes them ideal if you have children who want access too!