If you don't often have many occasions to get up on a ladder, you may not know that it can be dangerous if your ladder isn't angled properly for the distance you need to climb. When placing your ladder, remember the four-to-one rule: for every four feet (1.2 metres) of height you have to climb, move the base one foot (30 centimetres) away from the wall.
Image: Ruthanne Reid.
This tip comes from This Old House, which has a number of other ladder safety tips. This one stood out, though: It's easy to remember and perfect for home improvement novices who only get on a ladder once a year to clean the gutters or hang lights for the holidays. If you take our advice and get started now on those home improvement projects you may have let languish, stay safe and keep this rule in mind.
Angle It Right -- How to Use a Ladder Safely [This Old House]