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Is the Deck Safe for a Barbeque?

Okay, with spring approaching it’s time to throw the stakes on the grill for some outdoor cooking, right? For those of you who like to grill on the deck, you better make sure it’s safe and sound. North American Deck and Railing Association have put together a safety check list to protect your family and friends.

  • Check for split or decaying wood. Common places of wear and tear are where the deck attaches to the house and support posts underneath the deck.
  • Railing and support banisters should be secure; push on them a little to find that out.
  • Make sure all lighting is working.
  • Clear away plants and tree limbs. If tree limbs hang over, check to see if they are alive.
  • Check the stairs to make sure potted plants, toys, and any gardening tools aren’t left behind for a trip hazard.
  • Fix loose fasteners like screws, nails, or anchors in the ledger board. If a fastener appears corroded consider replacing it.
  • Conduct regular maintenance. Sweep up leaves and other debris; left alone it will cause mildew.
  • Check the flashing. This strip of plastic or metal directs water away from the deck. If the flashing is not fitted correctly the wood could be vulnerable to rotting.

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