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Safety Buying Guide: Deck

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An outdoor living space is a relaxing place to release stress and unwind. For many people, this place of escape is a deck, patio or a porch. Don't let safety issues get in the way of your peace. Follow these outdoor safety tips to make sure your outdoor space is safe and relaxing.


Rails and Mats

  • Use non-slip door mats at every entrance to the house.
  • Install hand rails on steps that lead up to porches or decks. Make sure the rails are sturdy and easy to grip.
  • Make sure all the boards on your deck are in good condition and firmly attached. Replace any boards that are broken, splintered or rotting, and replace any popped-up nails with deck screws for greater holding power.


Snow and Ice Removal

During winter months, your deck, porch and patio can become icy and unsafe. Keep these areas safe during wintry weather. To prevent slips and falls, keep enough ice melt, sand or kitty litter on hand to treat slippery patches. Shovel sidewalks and driveways promptly to keep walking safe during the snowy season.



Outdoor Lighting

Install outdoor lighting to guide visitors on the path to your door. A variety of decorative lights are available: Some are powered by low-voltage electrical lines running underground, and others get energy from the sun during the daytime so they can shine at night.

Look for an outdoor lighting system that can be set to turn on automatically according to a schedule.

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