Key things to remember when clearing the loft
18 April 2019 08:39:52 GMT
Spring and Summer time are great seasons for longer evenings and warmer weather, but for a lot of people, they are also a great time for clearing loft space.
But how can you optimise your time and make sure that you are clearing out your loft space effectively? The first step, of course, is to have a sturdy loft ladder that you can rely on when making the journeys up and down with boxes.
Once that is all sorted though, here are some great tips to think about before you get going:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not just for professionals. It is there to keep everybody safe, so before you ascend up and down that loft ladder, make sure you are well-protected.
The first piece of equipment you should think about is an FFP3 Grade dust mask. Unless you’re in the habit of hoovering your loft regularly, there will be a lot more dust up there than in the rest of your house. Make sure you guard against this and give yourself more room to breathe.
Another couple of safety items to consider using are a strong pair of gloves and, if there isn’t a loft light, a decent torch.
Watch out for animals
The number of animals which nest in loft and attic spaces is often under-estimated. Whether it be bats, birds or mice, many animals can live (and die) in your loft space, so make sure to keep an eye out for them. With any dead animals that you find, make sure you dispose of them properly and ideally use those protective gloves that we mentioned.
However, if you find any bats, wasps or bees nesting in your loft, it might be an idea to get a professional in to deal with them. This is especially the case with wasps and bees nests, due to their extremely territorial nature. Health and safety is already a big enough problem when clearing the loft without the added insects chasing after you!
Get someone to help
Climbing up and down loft ladders can be a risky thing to do, regardless of how sturdy you think they are. It’s easy to accidentally take the wrong step and injure yourself, so having somebody there is useful from a health and safety point of view.
Not only that, but it will halve the length of time its takes to clear the loft, and will make it easier to handle those difficult choices about what to keep or not.
Having strong and reliable access equipment is vital to ensuring that you stay safe while clearing the loft. Have a look at the range of loft ladders that we offer, or contact us today if you need any further help or advice with organising your loft space.