Stay safe when window cleaning
Category: Window Cleaning
Indeed, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that falls from height are the biggest cause of death among UK employees, accounting for three out of ten fatal accidents in 2013/14.
Of course, these statistics refer to people at work, but the risks remain if you're at home and are arguably greater since there is no one there to make sure you're taking the proper precautions.
So if you need to reach upstairs windows in order to clean them, make sure you plan ahead and are fully aware of the potential dangers before you get to work.
Where possible, clean high windows from the inside of the house. This may only be possible if you have casement windows or centre pivot windows that open inwards as well as outwards.
You should never attempt to wash your panes by leaning outwards, as this could be very dangerous if you were to slip and lose your footing.
If you need to use ladders to clean from the outside, make sure they are up to the job. They must be the correct size and should not show any signs of wear and tear. If in doubt, don't climb them.
Angle them correctly - not too far away from the wall, and not too close - and never lean them against gutters or windowsills.
If possible ask someone to hold the bottom of the ladders while you climb them. You can also purchase rubber feet that add an extra layer of security.
You shouldn't even attempt to clean your windows if the weather is wet or windy. Wait until you have a fine and dry day, and always make sure the steps of your ladder are free from any moisture.
Think about your footwear, too. Wear strong, sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip and make sure you position your feet correctly on each rung of the ladder as you ascend and descend.
Of course, the safest way to carry out window cleaning is to hire professional window cleaners, who will have all the correct equipment to do the job safely and efficiently.
Many window cleaners use ionic reach and wash systems, which consist of long telescopic poles and soft bristled brushes to loosen dirt and wash it away with pure de-ionised and de-mineralised water, leaving behind no streaks or marks.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva
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