May is National Deck Safety Month, and with barbecue season just around the corner, now's the time to take a closer look at the place where you'll host all your warm-weather gatherings. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, there's been an increase in the number of decks that have collapsed, fallen apart, or otherwise failed. In most cases, simple upkeep could have prevented these incidents, which tend to happen (no surprise) when decks are packed with people. Make such an inspection an annual affair—it takes a few minutes—and fix any problems before inviting the gang over. For more information on deck safety, check out the North American Deck and Railing Association
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general contractor Tom Silva lays boards for a new deck. An annual deck inspection will help keep yours safe for years to come.