May is Deck Safety Month®. Each year thousands of people are injured and some even lose their lives to deck failures. May is the perfect time to inspect your deck – after the potentially damaging winter and before the high deck traffic of summer. The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) declared May to be Deck Safety Month in 2006 to remind you to protect your family and friends by making sure to inspect your deck annually.
So what should you be looking for? Deck boards, fasteners, railings, balusters and stairs all need your attention once a year to ensure a structurally sound deck for the coming year. It’s also a great time to check grills, fire pits, outdoor furniture and storage for any unsafe placements or damage. NADRA has provided a consumer checklist for your convenience and safety.
If you notice anything that concerns you, have your deck inspected by a qualified professional immediately.
This summer, make sure your deck is a place of fun and relaxation, not fear and anxiety. Check Your Deck® today.