Backyard Deck Safety
A backyard deck is a great way to relax and enjoy the warm summer temperatures. Decks can also be a serious safety hazard if it is not properly maintained. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your deck is safe so that you can fully enjoy the season.
- Decaying or split wood – check all of the supporting structures of your deck to ensure that all the wood is still sound. Also, check the railing and decking for splitting wood that can mean much more serious issues.
- Flashing – the flashing of your deck is the plastic or metal guard that directs water away from your house. Check to make sure it is properly and tightly installed to avoid any water damages problems with your walls.
- Corroded or loose fasteners – look for any loose connections with any anchors and screws, as well as wobbly railings or sagging joints.
- Banisters and railings – push on various parts of the railings and banisters around your deck to ensure that they are secure. If there is any give, tighten the connections.
- Fire – while fire pits, chimneys, grills, and candles can all work to create a cozy atmosphere, they can also be a serious safety hazard. Keep a non-flammable pad under any fire features to keep your deck protected.
- Electrical and lighting – check to make sure that all lights and electrical outlets are up to code, in good working condition, and childproof to keep everyone safe.
- Trees – if your deck is surrounded by trees, make sure that there is no danger of falling limbs. Also make sure that the tree does not hang over any fire features to avoid a fire.
Most importantly, check your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure that your deck is properly covered. Contact Young Insurance in Burbank, California for all of your home insurance needs.