We don’t want to be Debbie Downers, but when it comes to deck safety, we are Debbie Downer…
You might be too if you get the amount of Google Alerts I do on deck fires and deck collapses.
Everyday, somewhere a deck collapses or catches fire from a grill, smoking materials or a fire pit…or a heat lamp for the dog house, sparks from welding, you get the picture. So a few safety tips from me, to help you not be the next statistic;
- No smoking on a deck.
- No grilling on a deck.
- NO FIRE PITS ON A DECK!
- Smoke, grill or have a fire pit a minimum of ten feet away from the building. Make sure everything is out by dousing grills/pits in water. Yes your neighbors might be pissed because of the smell, but they will be even more pissed if that fire pit catches their house on fire!
- Have your deck inspected. So many accidents could be avoided if inspections were done by competent people.
- Any wobbling railings, stairs or deck is a bad sign. Get it inspected and fixed ASAP.
Consumers/homeowners, click below to use NADRA’s handy self inspection checklist to see if further professional inspection should be done.