Don’t Overload the Deck
Generally, a home deck should support at least 50 pounds of weight per square foot. However, various factors can influence a deck’s weight capacity. Examples include the age of the deck, the material from which it is made, and more.
A deck owner needs to find out how much weight their deck can hold and be sure never to overload it. Additionally, they must remember that both furniture and people can influence the amount of weight a deck can support at any given time.
Overloading a deck can naturally increase the odds of a collapse. Even if a collapse doesn’t occur, a crowded deck can put guests at greater risk of being involved in tripping accidents.
The risk of a deck accident occurring can increase as day progresses into night. To reduce the chances of accidents occurring due to poor visibility in low-light conditions, homeowners should install adequate outdoor lighting and test it regularly to confirm it’s working properly.
Watch Out for Spills
Planters can add charm and beauty to a deck. They can also allow dirt and water to spill onto the surface.
These spills may result in a slip and fall. Deck owners can guard against this by keeping an eye out for spills and cleaning them away as soon as they spot any. They should also install trays beneath planters to capture at least some of the dirt and water that might spill out. If a homeowner doesn’t address spills fast, they can also cause rot and other such problems.
All that said, if you’re a guest relaxing on someone else’s deck, while you may hope they’ve taken these steps, you can’t be entirely certain they’ve maintained their deck properly. It’s thus possible you may one day be involved in a deck accident due to the negligence of a homeowner. Or, an accident might occur if a deck was defective because its manufacturers or designers were negligent.
Strongly consider reviewing your case with a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer if this ever happens. You may be eligible to receive financial compensation. By filing a claim or lawsuit, you could seek compensation to help with your medical bills, lost wages, and other such losses resulting from your accident.
Learn more by meeting with a Boston premises liability attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. If you’ve been injured in a summer deck accident because someone else was careless, we’re prepared to help you seek the compensation you may deserve. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900 or contacting us online to request a consultation.