What gets Tested?

  1. Visual Inspection
    Each ground ladder shall pass a visual inspection, which applies to Roof Ladders, Two-Section Ladders, Three-Section Ladders, and Attic Ladders

    a) Side Rail Condition
    b) Rung Condition
    c) Rail Alignment
    d) Heat Sensor Labels
    e) Halyard and Clamps Condition
    f ) Hook Assembly Condition

  2. Load Test
    Each type of ladder shall also pass a Load Test, which will verify if the ladder will hold the weight
    needed to be sure they will be ready for a fire. This Test includes:

    Step 1: Place the ladder horizontal, with the ladder set at its maximum length, raised in the air supported at the first rung of each side.

    Step 2: Put on the proper weight for your preload, which is placed dead center of your ladder. This test lasts for 1 minute, and gets the
    ladder ready for your full load. After this test, you take a measurment from the ground, to the center of the ladder.

    Step 3: Once you have this measure, it is time for the full load test. Attic Ladders are the only type that will have the same load set on twice.
    The others double the weight of the preload, and lasts for 5 minutes. Once the load is lifted, another measurement from the same spot is taken,
    and must meet the specifications in order to pass. Also, it should pass another visual inspection, to be sure none of the hardware failed during
    the Load Test.

When Should Ground Ladders be Tested?

  1. Annually
  2. Any time a visual indication is observed
  3. Any time there is heavy weight for an extended period on a ladder
  4. Any time the ladder is subjected to heat
  5. Any time the heat sensors are expired, worn off, or appear "used'
  6. Any time the ladder is repaired
  7. Any new ladders should be tested before they are used


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