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Most pros will tell you not to clean gutters from an unstable platform. If you feel you must use a ladder when using a gutter cleaning wand, keep three points of contact between yourself and the ladder at all times. This helps prevent you from losing your balance from the force of the water. When you are on the ladder, keep your hips between the "rails" of the ladder, and don't operate your gutter cleaning wand while trying to regain your balance if you lose it. It's better to drop the gutter cleaning wand and re-stabilize your position. Working on gutters places you closer to power lines and other sources of electricity, so careful not to let the stream from your gutter cleaning tool stray near a power source. If you operate gutter cleaning equipment near outdoor electrical outlets, a wooden ladder is the safest choice, "just in case".