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Deck Collapse Injures Several at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

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Updated: 10/19/2013 6:50 pm
According to CalFire, at least 5 people have been injured in a deck collapse at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve on Highway 32.  The collapse was reported just before 4:00pm at the reserve, which is at 3521 Highway 32.  CalFire is still working on gathering details, but they say at least five people were injured, one seriously.  They are investigating the cause of the collapse.
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KimKatwijk - 10/19/2013 10:50 PM
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According to my research, there have been 23 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries do to deck failures since 2000. A properly designed and built deck cannot be overloaded even if you stacked people onto it shoulder to shoulder. There are two main reasons for deck failures. 1) The ledger (the board that runs parallel to the side of the house and supports the edge of the deck, securing it to the house) is just nailed onto the house. Half the weight of the deck is on the ledger board and nails have a tendency to slide out over time. A ledger board needs to be attached to the house with fastners that are compatible with pressure treated lumber such as galvanized bolts, lags, or ACQ compatible Star Drive Lag Screws™. 2) ROT! Decks that have not been built correctly or have not been maintained are more susceptible to damage and weakening due to rot. Look for rot’s discoloration in the lumber or anything growing out of the wood. (This requires a building permit.) To minimize future problems, hire a professional that specializes in decks. Check your deck yearly and before large gatherings for rot and other problems. Because decks are exposed to the weather, they don't last for
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