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Securing Your Outdoor Deck
An outdoor deck on the back of your home is a wonderful place to unwind and entertain. One
of the best things that you can do for keep your deck safe is with the use of an outdoor wifi
camera. The following tips should also be used in order to make sure your outdoor space is
safe and fun for everyone.
Checking Structure of Deck
It is important to inspect your deck each year. Some of thing that should be inspected include:
The ledger board that connects deck to your house
The floor of the deck
Joists that support deck
Beams that support joists
Posts that support beams
Footings that secure posts in the ground
Stringers that support stair treads and the stair railing
Railing around deck and along stairway
Before beginning any work, you need to check to see if any building codes apply to your
work and if permits or inspections are going to be required. If you cannot access certain parts
of your deck or do not feel comfortable doing the inspection yourself, you should contact a
professional deck builder. For a complete check of your deck, you should have it inspected
by a professional.
Lights on Deck Steps and Post Cap Lights
You should add outdoor lighting to the deck. You can Illuminate and beautify your deck with
a variety of decorative lights, such as rope lights, string lights, lanterns, post cap lights and
step lights. Low-voltage or solar landscape lights will help family and guests find the path to
your door. A well-lit deck is going to likely keep intruders away.
Clean and Seal your Deck
Algae and mold are going to make your deck slippery and some mold can even eat away at
the deck. Wood that is not sealed is going to deteriorate more quickly. It is important to
periodically cleanand protect your deck from the outside elements. If using a pressure wash,
extra care should be taken because too much force is going to damage the surface of the
wood of the deck.
Rugs and Mats
It is important that you make sure to secure outdoor area rugs with non-slip pads or some
kind of rug tape. Non-slip door mats should be used at every entrance to your house.
Heaters, Grills and Torches
All heaters, grills and torches should only be used correctly. You should read and follow all
product instructions and safety precautions for heat-generating items on your deck
Snow and Ice
During cold months, your deck can become very icy and unsafe. In order to prevent slips and
falls, you should keep enough ice melt, sand or kitty litter on hand in order to treat slippery
patches. If you have received a lot of snow, you should keep your deck clear of snow buildup
in order to prevent overloading.
There are many safety tips to use on your deck. To keep intruders away, the use of an
outdoor wifi camera will keep most would-be intruders away.
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