Deck Dangers!By Home Security Source Sep 24, 2010 | 10:35:00 amPosted in: DIY Safety, Home
You can sunbathe, barbeque, and enjoy parties on them… the perks of having a deck are almost endless. But you must remember the golden rule: take care of the deck and it will take care of you. The hazards that sprout from neglecting deck maintenance are dangerous. Here are some safety tips on how to avoid deck dangers.
• Push on railings and banisters to make sure they're secure and not loose. If deck railings are loose, a potential leaner could fall over of the side of the deck. Not only is this a liability, it could also result in serious injuries.
• Keep deck stairs clear of anything that is a potential tripping hazard. This includes extension cords, plants and decorative yard ornaments.
• Check your deck for spongy, decaying or split wood.
• Clean away leaves and debris that could cause mold to build up. Apply a waterproof coating to prevent growth and potential accidents.
• If you’re grilling out, or enjoying a contained bonfire, place a protective non-flammable pad under the source of heat to protect the wood.
• If you have trees that hang over your deck, make sure you keep the branches trimmed back so they don’t break off and land in the barbeque, or on someone’s head.
For more safety tips and advice on maintaining your deck, take a look at this checklist by the North American Deck and Railing Association.
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