NADRA promotes Deck Safety Month

NADRA Deck Safety Month
May is Deck Safety Month. Learn more at NADRA.org.
Quakertown, Pa. —  The North American Deck and Railing Association, NADRA, stresses the importance of May’s National Deck Safety Month’s initiatives and recommends that all homeowners Check Your Deck before inviting loved ones out onto your deck.
“The number one priority and message to all homeowners is to ensure that their decks are safe for use,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president, at NADRA. “Providing a safe outdoor living space for your family and friends comes down to three simple action items, Educate. Inspect. Correct. doing these three things to ensure your decks are safe for the year ahead is every homeowner’s responsibility. Decks are the same as your home’s roof, doors, and windows, these products all have life expectancies. The exterior is exposed to sun, rain, snow, salt, and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and provide annual inspections is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”
NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards, and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to ensure they have details available to them to check their decks. Information can be found at www.nadra.org/deck-safety.
There are more than 60 million decks in the United States alone. It is estimated that over 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.
A key element to homeowners enjoying their decks for years to come is making sure it is safe. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Checklist” is a quick way to take a look at the basic areas that might need attention, possibly some maintenance, repair, or even replacement. The free checklist can be found at www.NADRA.org.

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