Even for those not afraid of heights, climbing a ladder can be a little nerve-wracking. There's good reason to be scared: A fall could send you to the emergency room and cause serious injuries, even death. Luckily, if you follow a few simple safety precautions, you can keep yourself out of harm's way. Remember the following points when working with ladders: Always keep one hand on the side rails, never climb a ladder with wet or slippery shoes, keep your body centered on the ladder and don't overreach, which could cause the ladder to tip. Of course, it's important to choose the right type of ladder for the job and make sure it's properly stabilized before you step foot on it. It may help to have a spotter on hand to help keep your ladder steady while you work. Stay safe!