Sadly, injuries and deaths from deck collapses are not uncommon.Just this past April, eight students attending Ohio's CedarvilleUniversity were injured when a second-floor deck collapsed during agathering at a home. None of the injuries were life-threatening,but the accident did result in broken and dislocated bones. Mostinteresting, perhaps, was the fact that the deck was built withinthe last 10 years, and not considered "old."

The occurrence of deck collapse disasters tend to increase asthe summer months approach and we spend more time outside.Homeowners should be aware of effective ways to inspect theiroutside areas to avoid decking disasters and be knowledgeable oftheir insurance options in case this unfortunate situationoccurs.

Annual deck inspection

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