Are College Students Putting Themselves at Risk by Partying on Decks and Balconies?

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Forty million decks in this country are more than 20 years old and not all of them are in great shape. That means there is a chance you or someone you care about might find yourself on an unsafe deck. 

Experts say students can be especially vulnerable partying on decks and balconies while at college. Six college students were killed in 2015 when their overcrowded balcony collapsed in California. 

Katie Curtis was seriously injured during a raucous homecoming party at the University of Missouri in 2017.

“There were hundreds of people on this deck, definitely more than should have been on there,” she told Inside Edition. 

Inside Edition Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero  saw kids partying on decks and balconies, even dancing on the roof tops during a game day celebration recently.

“I've never seen anything this bad,” said deck construction expert Steve Siara commenting on one particular balcony two young women were leaning on.

“I just want make you aware that this deck is totally unsafe,” he told the girls. 

“We try to not have people on the balcony,” one of the girls replied.  

“Do you guys ever worry if you're on a roof or a balcony that you might not be safe?” Guerrero asked a student. 

“Sometimes you gotta roll the dice,” one replied.  

“I think it’s safe,” another added. 

Guerrero also found a disturbing stunt where students were using balconies as launch pads and smashing into tables below.

“They're old enough to know better. I've never seen anything like that,” Siara told Guerrero. 

Experts say poor design and a lack of maintenance can be a recipe for disaster for decks and balconies.


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