Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts. Last time we talked about keeping your upper deck area safe for both pets and small children. We talked about inspecting your railings and applying railing covers, locking the door that goes out to your deck, and using a gate to block the stairway. This time, we’re going to talk about several more ways to keep your deck safe for pets and children.
Fire Pits and hot tubs
You’re going to want to keep your fire pit and hot tub covered at all times when they aren’t in use. Children or pets could fall in or try drinking the water out of the hot tub and you won’t want to be constantly worrying about where they are at all times, so it’s best to leave them covered unless they’re in use. Even when you are using them, however, you should keep a close eye on your kid or pet to make sure they don’t get too close.
Clean your deck
It’s important to clean your deck regularly in order to make it as safe as possible for pets and children. What may seem like no big deal to you could be hazardous to them. For example, if your deck is dusty or has a lot of debris on it, your pets and children are closer to the ground, so every time someone walks over it, dust is kicked up and they breathe it in. Children and pets often walk with bare feet (or paws), so you should make sure there aren’t any sharp objects lying around. This may seem like common sense, but when you’re used to walking with shoes on, you don’t always notice that hazardous things that are on the ground because they aren’t really a threat to you.
Generally, you should pay attention to the things you keep on your deck. Flower pots and decorations may seem harmless, but if they fall on a toddler or pet, they could be deadly. Take care to organize things or remove things if necessary before taking them out on the deck.
Keep an eye on them
When it’s just you and the kid or pet out on the deck, it’s pretty easy to be mindful of where they’re at and potential hazards to them. However, if you’re having a party out on your deck, you’re going to want to keep an extra close eye on them. It’s far too easy to let them get out of sight and forget they’re out there with you.
Contact Colorado Deck Drain Experts
Another important safety consideration for your deck is how slippery it is. Slippery decks are a falling hazard for both you, your pets, and your children, so it’s crucial that you do everything you can to keep it dry and safe. Colorado Deck Drain Experts is your Top Rated Local® Deck Drainage System Company so contact us today if you have any questions or you’re ready to get yours installed.