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    Karla Neely,
    Michael A. Burns & Associates
    214.521.8596, ext. 236,
    Diana Hanson

    North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) Issues a Consumer Checklist for Deck Safety Month

    April 26, 2007, Meridian, Idaho -- Hanging out on your deck can turn any occasion into a lasting memory for your friends and family. Decks host countless events, from a dinner party for a dozen to spontaneous sunset-watching for one. Keeping your deck in great shape is a priority – not only for safety’s sake, but also to protect your investment and make sure that you continue to make great memories for a long time.

    That’s why in 2006, The North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) declared May as Deck Safety Month. May of 2007 marks the second year of this public safety program and the promotion of a new 10-point checklist to help homeowners evaluate the safety and condition of their decks. According to Mike Beaudry, Executive Vice-President of NADRA. “A simple, annual inspection doesn’t take long or require special tools, but it’s a great investment of your time. It can help prevent unnecessary accidents, and keep your deck a safe place for everyone to enjoy.” “May is a great time to make your deck-check,” Beaudry continues. “In parts of the country where there’s a lot of snow and ice, your deck could have developed a trouble spot over the winter.” Beaudry adds “If you’ve never had your deck professionally inspected, by all means, make that appointment.

    A professional inspection will examine every inch of your deck, educate you on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any problem areas, and give you a map of what to keep your eye on in the future. If your deck is older, this might include a regular deck inspection schedule.”

    For more information on deck safety and to download a copy of NADRA’s Consumer Checklist, click here.

    ABOUT NADRA: The North American Deck & Railing Association is the first national industry association dedicated to promoting outdoor living at its best, in safe and creative environments for the enjoyment of every homeowner. Headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, NADRA serves as a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. The association offers educational resources for both industry professionals and consumers, and is continually developing new programs and initiatives to further serve these audiences. Learn more about NADRA at

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    Phone: 215.679.4884 - Fax: 888.623.7248

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