Preventable Injuries: Structural Failure Causes 15% of Deck & Porch Injuries

Salt Lake outdoor living should be a safe, enjoyable experience with little worry about the space you are occupying. With the potential for dangerous and even deadly accidents, is your deck a safe space to live and play?

While you don’t hear about decks collapsing every day, there are thousands of injuries each year due to deck failures. Depending on the height of your deck, a collapse could be catastrophic for anyone on it or under it when the failure occurs. In a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over a five-year period, 224,000 people were injured due to a deck or porch. Of those injured, 15% were because of structural failure and 18,000 of those injuries were serious.

What Can I Do to Keep My Deck Safe?

If you’re having a new deck built or a current deck updated, this is where permits and inspections become essential. While during the process it might seem like a hassle, permits and inspections give you a layer of security with a third party making sure the deck has been constructed properly.

For existing decks, regular deck inspections by a qualified professional are key to keeping decks structurally sound. Most wood decks have a lifespan of 10-15 years. With an estimated 20 million decks and porches in the U.S. older than 15 years, this inspection and subsequent needed repairs/retrofits are key elements in lowering your liability and preventing injuries.

With May being the North American Deck and Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month, it is the best time of year (before the busy summer season) to remind everyone to check their deck for signs of safety issues. Read our list of 10 Excellent Reasons to Get a Professional Deck Inspection to learn what to look for to lower risks for future catastrophes. Archadeck also provides the BE SAFER acronym to help you remember. Be sure to call us for a deck inspection if you are at all uncertain. Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to deck safety. 201.683.2355

Resource: Outdoor Deck and Porch Injury Study

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