Top Ways to Improve Outdoor Spaces for Deck Safety Month® this May
Whether your family has a graduation, wedding, or just some good old-fashioned barbeques on the horizon this summer, enjoying al fresco gatherings can build lasting memories. The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) considers May Check Your Deck® month, because Spring is the perfect time to ensure your outdoor space is secure. Safety is the number one priority at AZEK® Building Products, and as a proud member of NADRA, we would like to share a few tips that can help protect your family and friends throughout the celebration season.
1. Scope it out
NADRA provides a helpful 10-Point Checklist for homeowners to identify hazards, such as the railings, hardware, frame and footers. We encourage deck owners to take time to run through the checklist and identify potential problems before they become an issue. If you notice any items that are beyond your level of repair expertise, or are in need of a code compliance check, enlist the help of an AZEK®
PRO. Hundreds of qualified contractors can be searched in seconds with our AZEK Contractor Locator.
2. Stairway to safety heaven
When it comes to stairs there are several steps you can take to make them safer. Stairs (as well as the deck boards) should be even, without sagging and should not sway or move when tested. Also, you’ll want to check the railings or handrails to make sure they are firm and secure. Family fun can make things a bit messy, so teach your little ones never to leave toys or anything else on the stairs, to avoid accidents. Upgrading to an AZEK®
deck means you will have the comfort in knowing our products provide superior durability. Plus, you will never have to worry about your children getting splinters as they navigate the stairs or any other part of your deck.
3. Let it shine
Lighting is a key component to a safe deck, and if you haven’t heard, we offer some stunning options. Make sure that all lighting is working, with clean covers, so that maximum light can shine through. Cover electrical outlets to prevent pint-sized explorers from injuries. Also, keep electric cords streamlined and organized, so that no one big or small trips and falls.
4. Tips for the fire pit
Toasting marshmallows around a fire pit is an ideal way to spend a summer night. Don’t let any safety issues ruin the fun. Pave the way for that perfect evening by taking a couple of easy precautions. Keep a fire pit off wood decks entirely, and a safe distance away from wood posts or other flammable surfaces. Using a fire pit is not the time to improvise or get creative, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Taking these safety steps will give you the peace of mind to sit back and savor s’mores.
Frequent inspections and the need for extensive repairs on traditional wood structures tend to remind many about the benefits of composite decking. If it’s time to make the switch, AZEK Building Products is here to help. Our decking is splinter free, and mold, mildew and moisture resistant. Plus, our 30-year Fade & Stain Warranty ensures that your deck will look beautiful for decades. With these easy safety reminders, along with detailed tips from NADRA, you will be on the right path for plenty of safe, outdoor fun.