Safety Considerations for Pressure-Treated Wood
When sanding, sawing, or working with treated wood, you need to wear long sleeves, gloves, a dust mask, and eye protection to protect against splinters, skin contact, and sawdust inhalation.
Treated wood should not be burned, its wood chips should not be used as mulch, animal bedding, or animal litter, and its sawdust or other remnants should not be disposed of in compost.
Building Code Standards: Deck Railings
The construction of buildings and structures, including decks, must follow the National Building Code of Canada guidelines. However, the standards may vary based on the local building requirements of different municipalities and provinces.
For deck railings, the minimum required height is dependent on the height of the deck as measured from the deck surface to the ground.
- A deck surface with a height below 24" may have an optional or decorative railing.
- A deck surface with a height between 24" to 5' 10" must have a railing of at least 36".
- A deck surface with a height over 5'10" must have a railing of at least 42".
Important: The distance between balusters and between the bottom rail and the decking must be no more than 4". Stairway treads must also be no less than 9¼" deep and risers no higher than 8".
Before you start: Always refer to your local building codes to identify which codes apply to your building project.