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Some balconies and decks in Florida could be unsafe

Florida is beautiful, especially to people living on, or visiting, our state's coastline. One of the best ways to enjoy the coast is by relaxing on a deck or a balcony to take in the view. Balconies and decks are huge attractants to people renting hotel rooms or looking to lease an apartment. We all enjoy our balconies and usually do not waste time thinking about danger or premises liability, but some decks and balconies could be quite unsafe.

Spotting an unsafe deck could not only save you money, it could save you from injury or even death. Here are a few things to look for that could mean your deck is dangerous.

  • Decks constructed without the use of sturdy bolts lack stability and could lead to collapse
  • The presence of rotted and/or cracked wood could mean the deck is weak and subject to collapse or breakage
  • Decks with loose steps, railings and decking materials could also present collapse dangers

Many families visiting our state bring their toddlers and small children along. Unsafe hotel balconies could pose significant dangers to these children. Usually balcony accidents that harm children occur because the width between railings is too wide. Research has shown that in order to be safe, balcony railings should be no more than four inches apart. This width protects small children from slipping through the rails and falling great distances.

For many, a balcony or a deck is a must-have when in Florida. To protect yourself and your family, be sure to inspect these attractants carefully before using them. If your family has already suffered injury or the loss of life from an unsafe deck or balcony, a premises liability claim could help you all begin to recover emotionally and financially. We urge you to visit our firm online to learn more about your legal options after an injury.

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