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ICC issues alert and safety tips for porches.

The International Code Council (ICC) advises homeowners, condominium owners and apartment dwellers to visually inspect porches, balconies, elevated-free standing decks and similar structures at least twice a year for safety. According to ICC, things to look out for may include: split wood; rotting wood; loose or missing nails or screws; loose or missing anchors where the porch attaches to a house or building; missing, damaged or loose support beams and planking; and wobbly handrails or guardrails. According to building safety codes published by the ICC, residential porches should withstand a minimum of 40 lb./f[t..sup.2] plus the weight of the porch. Balconies, which are only supported where they connect to the building without additional posts, are designed to withstand 60 lb./f[t..sup.2]. When building or repairing a porch it is important to get a building permit from the local building department. This helps to ensure that the porch meets building safety codes and will be inspected by the local building inspector. The ICC, a 50,000-member association dedicated to building safety, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. The majority of United States cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose building safety and fire prevention codes developed by the ICC.
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Title Annotation:Codes, Standards, & Regulations; International Code Council; Codes, Standards, & Regulations; International Code Council
Publication:Forest Products Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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