Photo courtesy of Deckorators

Maximize Safety and Enjoyment: Five Guidelines for Homeowners This Summer

Deckorators encourages homeowners to utilize the acronym “SAFER” as a framework for assessing the safety and durability of their outdoor spaces.

With the promise of sun-drenched days ahead, homeowners eagerly anticipate the chance to bask in the warmth of summer and relish in outdoor activities. Yet, amidst the excitement, it’s essential to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to enjoying decks and pools.

May, heralded as Deck Safety Month by NADRA, and Water Safety Month, recognized by the PHTA, serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of vigilance and preparedness in outdoor spaces. As families prepare to embrace the joys of al fresco living, it’s crucial to arm oneself with knowledge and strategies to ensure a safe and secure environment.

According to recent statistics, drowning remains one of the leading causes of unintentional death worldwide, highlighting the critical need for water safety awareness. By incorporating proactive measures into their routines, homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and create a haven of enjoyment for their loved ones.

Michelle Hendricks, Deckorators Category Marketing Manager, emphasizes the significance of proactive safety measures, stating, “Outdoor living spaces offer us a place to relax, reconnect, and create memories year-round. By proactively recognizing, understanding, and mitigating safety risks, homeowners can be empowered with the confidence to enjoy their decks and pools responsibly, throughout May and beyond.”

Deckorators remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting awareness about the importance of a secure outdoor environment, offering a range of reliable products designed to provide peace of mind. This season, homeowners are encouraged to utilize the acronym “SAFER” as a framework for assessing the safety and durability of their outdoor spaces.

S: Scan for Damage 

Dedicate time to thoroughly inspecting your deck for any signs of wear or damage, such as loose or deteriorating boards, stairs, railings, or accessories. Pay attention to areas prone to moisture accumulation and mold growth and assess nearby trees for potential hazards.

A: Ensure Access 

Maintain clear pathways throughout your outdoor space to facilitate easy movement. Avoid placing furniture too close to the deck’s edge and ensure unobstructed access to entry and exit points, particularly around stairs and pool areas.

F: Focus on Fall Prevention 

Implement measures to prevent falls, including sturdy railings, slip-resistant surfaces, and adequate lighting. Consider utilizing composite materials for enhanced traction and durability, and regularly inspect railings and step treads for stability.

E: Evaluate Electrical Components 

Inspect all electrical fixtures and appliances for weatherproofing and proper functionality. Keep power cords organized and out of harm’s way to minimize the risk of accidents.

R: Review Regulations 

Ensure compliance with state and local building codes and regulations and seek professional assistance for inspections or concerns.


As families embark on their summer adventures, it’s crucial to adhere to safety guidelines and regulations to prevent accidents and ensure a carefree experience. By prioritizing and maintaining a proactive approach to safety, homeowners can safeguard their families and guests while enjoying their outdoor spaces year-round.

All photos courtesy of Deckorators.

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