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Use a good quality extension ladder that’s long enough for the user to safely climb off and on at the top. Use the 1-in-4 rule to determine the appropriate angle to set the ladder. The base of the ladder should be one foot away from the house for every four feet of climb.

Ladder stand-off

This is a device with wide arms that attaches to the top of the ladder and allows the ladder to “stand off” away from the house. It also adds stability and increases your reach when working up top.

Roof anchor

Attach roof anchors securely to the frame of the roof to provide a place for safety harnesses to attach. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on where to place anchors.

If your DIY roofing project involves working on the roof then safety gear is a must. Follow these safety tips when working at heights.

Safety harness

Use a body harness with a fall arrest system that provides complete protection. Look for features like padding for comfort and quick-release buckles for ease of use.


Wear footwear with rubber soles and a tread designed to grip uneven surfaces. Shoes with smooth or worn soles may not provide adequate traction and should be avoided.


Your clothing should be comfortable and allow for easy movement without being loose. Durable long sleeves, work pants and gloves are recommended.

Roof buddy

If possible, have another person work with you when roofing. Not only will the work get done faster, you can also watch out for each other’s safety.

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