Make sure the ladder is suited for the type of job you plan to do (see the types above).
Before using a ladder, especially a ladder that has been stored in the garage for a while, inspect it for cracks or broken joints.
Place your ladder on a stable, even, flat surface. Never place a ladder on top of another object.
When using an A-frame stepladder, make sure the brace is locked in place.
If climbing onto another surface, make sure the ladder extends at least three feet past the platform you're climbing onto.
Secure tall ladders by lashing or fastening the ladder to prevent movement.
Always face the ladder when climbing or descending.
Keep both feet on the ladder - never put one foot on a rung and the other foot on a different surface.
Do not climb higher than the second rung on stepladders or the third rung on straight or extension ladders.
Never stand on the top or the paint shelf of a stepladder.
Keep your belt buckle (if you have one) positioned between the rungs so it doesn't catch.
Never leave ladders unattended - kids love them.
When working with electricity, ensure the bush is installed properly.