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Important Deck Safety Considerations

Deck Safety | November 25, 2021

While decks and patios are great places to relax, spend time with family, and entertain guests, as a raised outdoor living space there are important building code and common-sense criteria to consider. Sufficiently addressing safety risks ensures lasting enjoyment of your space while minimizing the risk of accidents for elderly family members, young children, and everyone in between. As leading providers of high-quality aluminum railings and other railing products, the team at Vista Railing Systems understands the importance of deck safety. That is why our team has compiled a list of important deck safety considerations to help you maintain a high level of safety without compromising aesthetic appeal or your view.

Learn how to optimize your deck for year-round use.

3 Ways to Increase Deck Safety

To optimize safety for your deck or patio, it is worth performing the following actions:

1. Invest in a Quality Railing System

Whether you are looking for a traditional picket-style system or glass panels, it is important to choose high-quality products instead of opting for cheap low-quality alternatives. Powder-coated aluminum railings, framed/frameless glass railings, and cable railings are all examples of quality products that deliver a high degree of safety and aesthetic appeal. These products are designed to endure harsh weather conditions for years without losing durability, cracking, or warping. In additional your railing system should be installed to meet or exceed all applicable building codes. This ensures that users of all ages stay safe when spending time on your deck or leaning against your railing system.

2. Install a Gate at the Top of Stairs

When it comes to deck safety, stairs are one of the largest hazards for elderly family members and young children. While most railing systems cover the edges of your deck or patio, your stairs will likely remain uncovered and unimpeded. While this is often a benefit for most users, it can be a detriment to others. To maintain a high level of functionality while increasing safety, consider installing an aluminum gate at the top of your stairs. These gates are available in a variety of styles and colours, allowing you to choose the perfect option for your railing system.

3. Provide Sufficient Lighting

While lighting is not often a concern for daytime use, it is a crucial consideration for those that wish to use their deck at night or in areas with reduced natural light. Insufficient lighting can drastically increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls, especially for decks with tables, chairs, and other items. Overhead spotlights, outdoor lamps, and string lights are just some of the options for deck lighting, allowing you to choose the best option for your wants and needs.

To learn more about deck safety or to inquire about our aluminum railing products, get in touch with the experts at Vista Railing Systems. We can be reached by call or text at 1-800-667-8247 and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your needs.