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Staying Safe this Spring and Summer

Posted 11 May 2016 2:31 PM by Jase DeBoer

Did you know that May is Deck Safety month? It’s a great time to check your deck to ensure years of carefree enjoyment.

According to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), approximately 50% of residential decks are over 25 years old. That’s 20 million decks! While there is no substitute for a professional deck inspection, there are a few things you can check to ensure the safety of your deck:

  •     Adequate ventilation under deck
  •     Loose or missing railings and balusters
  •     Missing or loose connections
  •     Incorrect fasteners
  •     Nail and screw pops
  •     Understanding local building code
  •     Proper joist spacing — watch the video below

Addressing these items will help increase deck safety awareness and ensure a carefree summer on your deck with friends and family. 

In 2006, NADRA declared May Deck Safety Month as part of its mission to raise awareness of deck safety measures – and to keep you informed. NADRA even offers members a Deck Safety Month toolkit, featuring resources that dealers can use to promote code compliance and safety benefits.

For full safety details check out NADRA.org.

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