How To Make Your Decking A Child Friendly Space


When it comes to your children’s safety you can never be too careful.  Children are prone to getting hurt or injured; they are always exploring, running around, and well, getting […]

When it comes to your children’s safety you can never be too careful.  Children are prone to getting hurt or injured; they are always exploring, running around, and well, getting into trouble (which for the most part also ends up with them getting hurt).  So, it is important that you, as parents, do your best in guaranteeing that your children do not get hurt, especially while at home.

Naturally, this requires that you take extra safety measures in all parts of your house, including decks if you have them.  Decks are supposed to be places of leisure, relaxation, and fun, but when kids come into the picture, the fun and relaxation can turn to distress and pain.  We do not want anything bad to happen when your children jump onto a deck, so let us go over some simple tips that might be useful when it comes to making your decking a child friendly space.

  • Popping Nails: however unlikely as it might be, there is a possibility that changes in temperature make the nails pop out of the boards (in case you decided to go with nails in the first place).  If you have children running around the deck, then it is probably a good idea to check the boards regularly; if there are any popping nails, hammer them back into place so that the surface is smooth.
  • Splinters: there are cases when deck boards chip or crack; if this happens splinters will appear, and they might end up harming your children should they step on them or accidentally slip on them.  Therefore, it is recommended that you treat your boards with deck-stain, and if there are any splinters, make sure to sand the boards down (this, however, applies only to wooden decks).
  • Slippery Floors: Prolonged exposure to the weather can foster the growth of mold and mildew; this can cause the boards to become slippery or slick.  Needless to say, this would signify exposing your children to great risk, so it is advisable that you clean your deck regularly using oxygen bleach cleaner.
  • Handrails: if your deck is in an elevated position, it is recommended that you put rails in place; your child could tumble over the deck and onto the ground, so make sure that handrails are at least three feet high (in order to prevent your small child from being knocked over).
  • Stair Safety: if your deck is elevated, then it will have stairs leading up it.  In order to avoid any accidents, make sure and check that no planters, toys, or any other obstacle is lying on the stairs.  Nothing that could cause your child to tip over should be left on the stairs.

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