Deck Lacquer Dangers

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Wiith the warm weather outside people across the Grand Valley may be getting outside to do some refinishing on their porches and decks but before you brush on the lacquer and turn on the barbeque, we have a warning from the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Grand Junction Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Walsh says wood decks are especially vulnerable.

"There's a lot of air gaps in there which allows the fire to spread more quickly," he told 11 News on Friday.

Add in a fresh coat of stain and firefighters say you have a recipe for destruction.

"Once the deck catches on fire it can easily go up the side of the house," said Walsh.

Randy Schwartz manages the Ace Hardware on the Redlands. He says the most important thing to do when you're staining a deck is to make sure it's completely dry before you light up the grill.

"Most of the vapors are gone in 24 hours but just to be on the safe side, allow it about 72 hours."

He says customers should pay attention to the labels because some products are less flammable, like water based stains.

Besides being careful about stain products, firefighters and home experts say you should be especially careful with rags and rollers you use. Don't seal them in any containers because they can release heat and chemical vapors and spontaneously combust.

Bottom line--do your homework because it could mean the difference between watching the sunset with your family and watching your house burn down.

To cut down on the risk of fire, home experts say you should use a paint sprayer instead of rollers and rags because the chemicals in the lacquer can get stuck in the fibers, leaving a higher chance for spontaneous combustion.

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