While keeping the entire roofing project safe is a major responsibility for professional roofers, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a part in ensuring the safety of everyone. Here are a few things that you can do to make your roofing project risk-free.
Clean your yard
If there’s one thing that usually gets in the way of safe roofing projects, it’s unnecessary clutter. Many roofers have had their work hindered by things that are out of place such as a fallen branch lying around or a rake that can be stepped on by accident. As a homeowner, you have to make sure that the area around the house is free from clutter, especially the site where ladders would be placed.
Orient your household
Children are naturally curious, but curiosity can be a bad thing especially when there’s roof work involved. Before the roofers start their work on your roof, have a brief talk about how children should behave when the project is ongoing. Older members of the household should at least be notified when the roofing team is scheduled to arrive, and how long the work is expected to take.
Secure any pets
Some pets can get very nervous when other people are around, especially guard dogs. Make sure that pets are properly secured when the roofing process starts. If your pet is allowed indoors, it’s better if they stay inside the entire time to prevent them from possibly knocking over a ladder or worse, attacking a roofer! Outdoor pets can be leashed or put in the cage to prevent them from running around.
Believe it or not, some roofing accidents occur well after the project is finished. This is because a roofer might forget to pick up a nail or someone left a spare shingle or two on the roof. Be around when the roofers are clearing the area, and make sure that everything is properly disposed of or packed once the project is finished.
Taking extra safety precautions may seem like a lot of trouble, but the potential injuries and hassles caused by minor accidents make it worth the effort. That wraps up this special 3 part blog series, and we hope you stay safe!