Designing a deck is an exciting endeavor that can enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space. However, it is crucial to prioritize safety when planning and constructing a deck. Neglecting safety considerations can lead to accidents and injuries. At North American Deck & Patio, we have helped thousands of homeowners in Maryland design the decks of their dreams, all while ensuring everything is safe. We wanted to talk about some of the different safety considerations that need to be made.

Structural Integrity

The deck’s structural integrity is of utmost importance. Ensure that the design meets all local building codes and regulations. Engage the services of a qualified deck builder to determine the appropriate size and materials for the deck. Use sturdy materials and proper construction techniques to ensure the deck can support the intended load and withstand environmental factors.

Railing Height and Design

Deck railings play a vital role in preventing falls. Check local codes to determine the required height for deck railings, usually around 36 inches. Ensure that the railing design includes vertical balusters or other barriers that prevent children or pets from slipping through. The spacing between balusters should be small enough to prevent accidents but large enough to provide adequate visibility.

Slip-Resistant Surface

A deck surface can become slippery, especially when wet. Choose materials that offer good traction, such as composite decking with a textured finish or wood treated with non-slip additives. Regularly clean the deck to remove debris and prevent the growth of algae or mold, which can further increase slipperiness.

Stairs and Steps

If your deck has stairs or steps, take extra precautions to ensure safety. Install sturdy handrails on both sides of the stairs and make sure they are properly secured. The riser height and tread depth of each step should be consistent and within code requirements. Consider using non-slip materials for the stair treads to minimize the risk of accidents.


Adequate lighting is essential for deck safety, especially during the evening and night. Install lighting fixtures strategically to illuminate the entire deck area, including stairs and walkways. Choose weather-resistant fixtures designed for outdoor use and consider energy-efficient options, such as LED lights. Proper lighting enhances visibility and reduces the risk of trips and falls.

Electrical Safety

If you plan to install electrical outlets, lighting, or other electrical components on your deck, prioritize electrical safety. All electrical work should be done by a licensed electrician. Use weatherproof outlets and covers, and ensure that all wiring is properly insulated and protected. Ground all electrical components to prevent electric shocks.

Fire Safety

If you intend to use your deck for grilling or outdoor cooking, take fire safety precautions. Position your grill away from flammable materials and ensure proper ventilation. Install a fire-resistant mat beneath the grill to protect the deck surface. Keep a fire extinguisher in a readily accessible location on the deck and educate all deck users about fire safety protocols.

Consult with a Professional Deck Design Company

By considering these safety aspects during the design phase of your deck, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that not only looks inviting but also prioritizes the well-being of everyone who uses it. If you’re planning on adding a new deck to your home, reach out to us at North American Deck & Patio. Our team of deck-building professionals can be reached at (866-535-1961), or you can reach out to us on our website.

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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