The Little Giant Ladder is a multipurpose ladder which can be folded into a simple A-shaped ladder, or into an extension, stepladder or scaffolding ladder. This is an extremely sturdy, light and maneuverable design, which allows the ladder to be placed safely on inclining staircases and other surfaces. Since the ladder's height and extension can be modulated, it is very important that you chose a height which is suitable for reaching the ceiling or wall, from your point of position on the stairs. You must be well-versed with the instruction manual and only thereafter attempt to use this ladder. One thing you can be sure about is that you will not fall from your Little Giant Ladder, as it never slips, slides or tilts over, while being used. This article will discuss how to use the Little Giant Ladder on stairs, and the various precautions that need to be taken.
Tips for Using Little Giant Ladder on Stairs
- The ladder will need to be opened manually into the classic A shape, for which you will need to press the Orange Knobs. These knobs are situated on either sides of the upper portion of the ladder, and are very visible and easy to use.
- You will need to compress the knobs simultaneously using both your hands. This will cause the hinge locks to unlock and clamp shut inwards.
- This small ladder will need to be stretched in height. In order to do so, you will need to unlatch the side locks. There are two very evident Orange Slide Locks, which look like thick handles. These are to be pulled outwards, which would be towards your body.
- The ladder will need to be manually stretched in height and then consecutively locked. You will notice small hatch lock openings or holes on both sides of the ladder, having equal distance and marking.
- Start with one slant of the ladder first by stretching it to your required height. Once you have attained the necessary height, lock the side hatch by pulling the handle inwards, towards the ladder itself and fastening it into one of the side holes. At this point, the slant you are working on must be longer than the other slant.
- Repeat the same procedure with the second slant of the ladder. Only make sure that this slant is lesser in height, so that it creates an incline. It will be this incline which will help you stand stably on your staircase.
- One of the most important ladder safety tips is that you must always remember to check if the side hatches as completely locked and secure.
- Your ladder is ready to be used on your staircase!
- Test the ladder by ascending it on a flat surface. If it is stable, you may place it on your stairs.
- Once you have placed the ladder on your stairs, make sure that both the bases of the ladder have sufficient place to stand.
- Make sure that the ladder is not very close to the edge of the steps, if you are placing the ladder on the upper half of the staircase.
- If the lower half of the staircase is being used, make sure that the base of the stairs does not have a free cloth or foot mat, right beneath the ladder's base. This will defy the ladders stability and grip, making it susceptible to sliding forward. However, even though this ladder usually will never slip or slide, it is better to follow some safety measures.
- Always wear proper shoes while using this ladder, so that you have a better grip.
- If the ladder is being used on a staircase, try to let the sides of the ladder lean onto the wall. This will give you extra support and ensure your safety.