Five Injured in Maryland Deck Collapse

Five people were injured when a deck attached to a Columbia, Maryland, townhome collapsed, Howard County fire officials said Wednesday.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 6300 block of Wind Rider Way at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

All five people suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. A sixth person refused treatment. 

The collapse remains under investigation. 

Since 2003, an estimated 6,500 people have been rushed to emergency rooms with injuries from collapsing balconies and porches while 29 have been killed, a report released last month revealed. 

But there are some way you can make sure your deck is safe to use. 

Follow the links below for more deck safety information:

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