May is “Deck Safety Month” – Get your Deck Inspected!

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Make Your Deck Safe and Enjoyable

Decks are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but they can also be dangerous if they are not properly built and maintained. Deck Safety Month is a national observance in May to raise awareness of deck safety and to encourage homeowners to inspect their decks for safety hazards.  (FREE Deck Safety Checklist)

Why is deck safety important?

Decks can be dangerous for a number of reasons. They can be slippery, especially when wet, and they can have uneven surfaces. Decks can also be unstable, especially if they are not properly built or maintained. Falls from decks are a leading cause of injuries and deaths, especially among children.

How can you make your deck safer?

There are a number of things you can do to make your deck safer. Here are a few tips:

  • Inspect your deck regularly. Look for any signs of wear and tear, such as loose boards, rotting wood, or damaged railings. If you see any problems, fix them immediately.
  • Keep your deck clean and dry. Sweep or hose down your deck regularly to remove dirt, debris, and leaves. This will help to prevent slips and falls.
  • Install a railing. A railing is an important safety feature that can help to prevent falls from your deck. The railing should be at least 36 inches high and should have no gaps wider than 4 inches.
  • Use non-slip surfaces. If your deck has stairs, install non-slip treads. You can also purchase non-slip mats for your deck surface.
  • Supervise children and pets. Always supervise children and pets when they are on your deck. Children and pets are more likely to fall from a deck than adults, so it is important to keep an eye on them.
  • Avoid overloading your deck. Do not overload your deck with furniture or other objects. The weight of too many people or objects can put stress on the deck and make it more likely to collapse.
  • Have your deck inspected by a professional. If you are unsure about the safety of your deck, have it inspected by a professional. At 1st Choice Inspection we can identify any potential hazards and make recommendations for repairs or improvements.

By following these tips, you can help to make your deck a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.

Additional deck safety tips

In addition to the tips listed above, here are a few additional deck safety tips:

  • Do not build your own deck. If you are not experienced in deck construction, it is best to hire a professional.
  • Use the right materials. Make sure to use the right materials for your deck. For example, pressure-treated wood is a good choice for decks that will be exposed to the elements.
  • Follow the building code. Make sure to follow the Wisconsin DECK Building Code when building your deck.
  • Get regular maintenance. Have your deck inspected by 1st Choice Inspection and maintained regularly by a professional. This will help to prevent problems and keep your deck safe.

By following these tips, you can help to make your deck a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.