May 9, 2014

Free Deck Inspections Offered in May for Building Safety Month

As part of the observance of Building Safety Month, the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is once again offering free deck inspections throughout May to help avoid injuries from faulty deck construction.

All County residents in single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings, (except those in the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg) can schedule a deck inspection.

Just call 311, or send a fax to 240-777-6258. Homeowners will be contacted before the inspection is performed.

Another building safety reminder comes from DPS Director Diane Schwartz Jones. “We are also entering storm season when tree limbs can damage homes. If a home is damaged during a storm, the homeowner should call 311 so we can inspect the damage to determine if it is safe for occupancy.”

Watch two PSAs on home safety: Part 1 on fire protection systems; Part 2 on how to weather the storm.

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