ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) - Several residents are being warned by inspectors about their decks.
"It is no different than maintaining your car, your yard, or your house," said building inspector Doug Semple.
Semple tells Eyewitness News there are three common causes that could turn a relaxing past time into a dangerous situation.
"The codes 20 years ago were not as strict as they are today," he added. "People do a lot of work without permits."
Weather can also be a big factor.
"Pine needles that get behind the ledger board that will retain the moisture," Semple says.
Semple recommends taking a look at the deck at least once a year.
"You should look at bolting, see if there is any rot or any separation."
If you have any concerns about the safety of your deck, you should call the building inspector in your city or town.