Deck Safety in Fairfax County


Each year hundreds of people are injured in this country as a result of deck failures. Deck failures are most often caused by faulty construction methods, unsuitable or improper materials and/or by lack of maintenance.  If constructed and maintained properly, decks rarely collapse due to overloading.  Remember, decks are composed of natural materials exposed to weather, and, as a result, will not last forever.

Whenever you build or make structural repairs to a deck, it is important to obtain the required permits and inspections to help ensure your family and guests enjoy your deck without worry of failure or collapse. As a home owner there are some simple things you can do which may help prevent unexpected problems with your deck. Use the checklist below to help you inspect your deck for possible unsafe conditions.

5Tips for Deck Safety

  1. Check support posts and beams for rot, splitting or abnormal movement.  More...
  2. Closely check the attachment points between the deck and the house.  More...
  3. Check all fasteners, bolts, joist hangers and other hardware for rust and/or corrosion.  More...
  4. Check all guards and rails to be sure they are sturdy and secured.  More...
  5. Use grills, heaters and outdoor fire pits with care.  More...

Learn the location of critical checkpoints »   

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For more information on deck safety, please contact Fairfax County staff via telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711 during business hours or by email.

For more information regarding the construction of a new deck in Fairfax County, go to our Decks Web page.


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