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A huge selection of ladders suitable for DIY and trade purposes including stepladders, platform ladders, loft ladders and double and triple extension ladders made from aluminium and fibreglass. All have non slip rubber feet and the stepladders have strengthened non slip rungs. Free 14 day UK delivery.
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Using a Ladder Safely
 
Many DIY accidents are caused by the incorrect and unsafe use of ladders. Here are a few ladder safety tips:

  • Check the condition of the ladder - verify the rungs are without damage and that all safety catches are working correctly. If in doubt- throw it out. Your safety is paramount.
  • When you use double or triple extension ladders, get somebody to hold the base of the ladder firmly.
  • Wear sensible footwear with good grips. Ensure shoe laces are tied to avoid tripping.
  • Don't use a ladder in the rain as that makes slipping more likely.
  • Do not have too great an angle between the ladder and the wall as this makes the ladder more likely to fall. (One measure out per four measures high is the rule of thumb - so an 8m ladder should therefore be 2m away from the wall at the bottom).
  • The feet of the ladder should be on a level surface and the top of the ladder should be resting against something flat and solid. Do not rest it against window ledges, glass or drainpipes. If you have to work in these areas, use a pre-fitted stand-off to maintain stability. Secure the ladder with straps or rope tied around the upper and lower parts - tie the ladder around the stiles (uprights) not the rungs.
  • Move the ladder frequently to new positions if you are moving along (eg painting or clearing out guttering) to avoid overreaching.

For further information on the safe use of ladders, there is a pdf document available from the Department of Trade and Industry.

What to Look for When Buying a Ladder
 
All ladders should meet the required British or European standards, which are:

  • BS 1129:1990 (British Standard) - applies to wooden ladders and stepladders.
  • BS 2037:1990 (British) - applies to metal ladders and stepladders.
  • EN 131:1993 (European) - applies to metal, wooden and fibreglass ladders and stepladders.

You should check that any ladder you buy is certified to these standards. The European EN 131 standard is largely surpassing the British Standard now.

Aluminium, wood and fibreglass are the most common materials that ladders are made from.
 
Those made from wood are the cheapest, and the safest for use around electric cables, provided they are dry. However, they are more prone to damage. You should not paint a wooden ladder to protect the wood from rain damage, as this could conceal deadly floors.
 
Those made from aluminium are sturdy, lightweight and do not rust. However, they do conduct electricity so should not be used around electric cables.
 
Those made from fibreglass are very sturdy, weather resistant and do not conduct electricity. However, they are usually the most expensive.

B&Q
- Use the B&Q search function to easily locate the design and style that you require. Their range includes extension, loft, multipurpose, platform and step.

Tooled Up
A comprehensive range at trade prices, including extension combinations, a huge selection of platforms and step stools.