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Channel Masters guide to safe TV antenna installation

This guide was written long ago but much of the information is useful today.



The safety precautions here are extremely important safety factors to consider. Learning and following simple safety precautions can, quite literally, save your life. Following safe procedures also helps prevent costly damage to your equipment and your customer’s property. No list of safety tips can cover every potential hazard. Consequently, careful planning, common sense, and good judgment must be used at all times.

1. Locate and avoid power lines and other wires in the work area.

2. Do not climb on a wet or icy roof.

3. Do not attempt high installations on windy days.

4. Do not hesitate to turn down a job that seems too dangerous.

5. Use only the sturdiest commercial-grade ladders. (Types with wide, slip-preventive rungs and bases are essential. Avoid types with round rungs.)

6. Do not position ladders at an angle steeper than 70°. Steeper angles can cause a ladder to slip sideways.

7. Dig the base of the ladder into the ground if possible.

8. Do not place ladders on slate that is wet or hot. Wet or sun-heated slate is very slippery.

9. Do not climb on roofs that have curled or worn shingles. (Old shingles break easily or pull out.)

10. Wear seasonable clothing that is neither too tight nor too loose. Wear snugly-fitting rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes or boots.

11. Wear a pair of durable but flexible protective gloves whenever they will not interfere with the work process.

12. Carry a well-equipped first aid kit in your truck.

13. Keep a couple of cans of wasp and hornet spray that will shoot with a long stream.

14. Have an effective insect repellent handy during spring and summer months. (Wipe off your hands after applying it.)

15. Any antenna mounted on 20 or more feet of mast requires more than one person to install.

16. Carefully survey the job before beginning the installation to locate secure handholds, dangerous conditions (such as power lines and weak roofs), and the safest and most convenient placements for ladders.

17. Do not climb onto a roof when there is no one else around.

18. Be sure all of your helpers know and follow safe procedures.

19. Do not step into roof valleys (the area where two roofs join); they often are weak, even on new homes.

20. Do not install antennas under large, overhanging tree branches if it can be avoided.

21. Buy only the best quality tools and equipment. Besides lasting longer, top-quality tools and equipment generally do not break or bend as readily as do cheaper products.

22. Antennas must be installed away from power lines a distance equal to at least twice the combined length of the mast and antenna.

23. Refuse to perform jobs that are not directly related to the antenna installation. If you do and a liability problem develops, your insurance probably will not cover it.

Thoroughly plan every installation. Carefully thinkthrough the job, and don’t take dangerous shortcuts.

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