It’s Beginning To Light Up Like Christmas

Posted: November 26, 2012 by Bunce Rental in Aerial Platform Lifts, Bunce Rental, equipment rental, Ladders, Lawn & Garden, Manlifts, Scaffolding, tool rentals

High peaks and tricky eaves can present a challenge when putting up christmas lights whether it’s just a few strands or enough to be seen from outer space. Thankfully, you have options for safely getting to these areas without falling off the roof Clark Griswold style.

1) Ladders

We offer a selection of ladders from 8′ step ladders to 40′ extension ladders. Provided you don’t need to climb on the roof or leaning to reach a peak or section of the house, a ladder should suffice to put up lights. Remember to follow proper safety procedures as outline by OSHA when using portable ladders found on their website.

Portable Ladder Safety Tips From OSHA

2) Scaffolding

Scaffolding will give you a larger platform to walk around the outside of the house, no matter what the terrain is. Our outdoor scaffolding can be rented with up to three levels. One level is 6′ high. Two levels is 11′ high. Three levels are 18′ high. If you are putting up  lights inside your, home we have narrower indoor scaffolding. The indoor scaffolding can also be used on staircases.  As with ladders, reaching the higher peaks from the scaffolding may be difficult. Leaning out over the scaffolding rails to reach parts of the house or putting a ladder on the scaffolding platform are highly discouraged due to the increased chance of falling.

3) Aerial Platform Lifts

We have several different options when it comes to aerial platform lifts. Scissor Lifts will work on flat hard surfaces and work for going straight up and down with heights up to 20′ and 26′. You can drive them from the basket to the next spot. Should your Christmas light scheme require more height, take place on grass, gravel,or dirt, or requires getting up and over parts of the house, we recommend our articulating boom lifts. Our trailer-mounted units will reach heights of up to 34′ or 43′. (Maximum height is dependent on the angle of the boom and how far out it is). These lifts will require a 3/4 ton or larger full-size pick up truck to maneuver around the yard. If you’re looking for a lift that is self-propelled and all terrain, our 46′ Genie Z-Boom articulating lifts will fit the bill. They can position you next to most areas of the house and be driven from the basket. For safety, OSHA does required the use of a safety harness on our trailer-mounted lifts and the 46′ Z-Boom. If you are unable to provide your own harness or fall restraint kit, we do have safety harnesses available for purchase.

To learn more about our ladders, scaffolding, aerial platform lifts, and preventing a Clark Griswold type fall while putting up Christmas lights, visit our website, or call one of our stores to speak to our staff.


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