Decks can be dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), an average of 120,989 people per year are injured, and 54 die because of the structural failure or collapse of a deck, porch, railing, or staircase. Many of those injured suffer traumatic injuries. Most of these injuries and deaths are preventable. Avoiding Deck Disasters helps homeowners understand why deck disasters occur and provides useful information about best practices in deck construction and deck inspection. Written in easy to understand terms and containing over thirty pictures and illustrations, this book is a must read for homeowners and anyone else who wants to avoid becoming a deck disaster statistic.