Check your deck

Now’s the time to en­sure your out­door space is in tip-top shape for warmer weather use

Monthly Chronicle - - Home & Living -

In the colder months when no-one both­ers to ven­ture out­side and the bar­be­cue is nes­tled un­der its win­ter blan­ket, it’s the per­fect time to check decks and bal­conies for signs of wear and tear.

And now the Gov­ern­ment is get­ting on board, urg­ing deck-dwelling Syd­ney-siders to do some ba­sic checks to en­sure their beloved out­door space is fit for pur­pose for when the weather warms up.

“Like all parts of the home, decks and bal­conies re­quire rou­tine and reg­u­lar main­te­nance to keep them in good re­pair and iden­tify any emerg­ing is­sues. Win­ter is the per­fect time,” NSW Fair Trad­ing Commissioner, Rod Stowe said.

Un­for­tu­nately, there’ve been a num­ber of re­cent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing decks and bal­conies in NSW re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous in­juries or death.

To ad­dress this, NSW Fair Trad­ing is pro­vid­ing a guide to help res­i­dents un­der­stand how to build and main­tain safe decks and bal­conies, iden­tify any signs of main­te­nance or struc­tural prob­lems and to find ex­pert as­sis­tance when re­quired.

Go to fair­trad­ing.nsw.gov.au for in­for­ma­tion about deck and bal­cony safety or to down­load the safety guide.

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