As a home inspector in Kamloops I spend a lot of time using a variety of ladders to do my job. Ladders are dangerous pieces of equipment, if not handled correctly or you are unfamiliar with them. Homeowners in Kamloops should think about a few things before you climb the ladder to perform fall maintenance tasks, and take these safety precautions.
• There should only be one person on the ladder at one time.
• Never leave a raised ladder unattended.
• Be sure all locks on extension ladders are properly engaged.
• All metal ladders should have slip-resistant feet.
• The ground under the ladder should be level and firm.
• Don’t carry objects in yours hands while on a ladder.
• Keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times.
* Inspect your ladder every time before you use it for broken or excessively warn out parts. As someone who has taken the fast ride to the ground from roof height, believe me you don’t want to realize your ladder has a defect too late.
Fall is the time of year to prepare your garden for the fall months ahead. I know with the temperatures still hovering around 30 degrees in Kamloops nobody wants to think about winter or even fall, but your plants and garden already are. Here are some tips to help you with your fall garden prep.
• Bring tropical and other plants inside for the fall.
• Dig and store summer and fall-flowering bulbs.
• Avoid heavy pruning of trees and shrubs going into the fall months.
• Apply a layer of mulch about 2 to 4 inches deep to the floor of the garden.
• Apply mulch or a wrap around the base of bushes and trees to protect them from the cold temperatures.
• Rake up any leaves that may have already fallen.
• Turn off the water supply to your hose tap and irrigation systems.
• Fallize garden furniture if necessary.
• Fertilize to give your garden one last nutrition boost before fall.
• Empty out and bring in any pots that could break in cold temperatures.
• Plant spring-flowering bulbs with their roots down.Todd Hrycenko, Global Property Inspections Phone: 250-371-2787 ac.cbipgnull@ddot