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Is Your Deck Safe?

Protect yourself from collapse, rot, and nasty splinters. Inspect these 8 critical areas every season

With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, there are plenty of families whose outdoor fun is resting on a shaky foundation. At least 30 people died as a direct result of deck collapses between 2000 and 2008, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association, and every year, many more are injured in deck-related accidents, many of which could be prevented. An annual deck inspection takes less than an hour and could head off a catastrophe. Here’s what to look for.

Is Your Deck Safe?

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