Safety Alert Number 0907268

Composite Decks Recalled by Louisiana-Pacific; Decks
Can Deteriorate and Break, Posing Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Composite Decks
Units: About 48 million linear feet (decks vary in size)
Manufacturer: Louisiana-Pacific (LP) Corp. , of Nashville, Tenn. Hazard: The recalled decking can prematurely deteriorate and unexpectedly break. Consumers can fall through broken decking
and suffer serious injuries. Incidents/Injuries: LP has received 37 reports of composite decks breaking, resulting in 14 injuries, including a broken wrist,
sprained ankle, minor lacerations and bruises. Description: The recall includes outdoor deck board and railings sold under the brand names LP WeatherBest®, ABTCo. , and
Veranda®. They are composite products that look similar to natural wood and were sold in various colors including Tuscan
Walnut/Chestnut, Driftwood Grey/Greystone, Pacific Cedar and Western Redwood. Veranda decking products were manufactured
by multiple firms; only products manufactured by LP are included in this recall. Sold at: The Home Depot (Veranda® brand) and building product dealers (LP WeatherBest® and ABTCo. brands) nationwide
from January 2005 to August 2008 for between $1.50 and $2.25 per linear foot. Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers with the recalled decking should immediately contact LP for a free inspection. If the decking is affected by
premature deterioration, LP will arrange for a free replacement. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LP toll-free at (888) 325-1184 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday
through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

Composite Decks Recalled by Louisiana-Pacific may
pose additional hazards in fire as well as non-fire
responses. The original recall of the composite decking materials by the CPSC was not specific to fire related events. However, as the
product deteriorates, premature failure in a fire situation will be more likely and occur much sooner. Additionally, since there
have been 37 failures of the decking materials under normal usage, the weight of several fully equipped firefighters may result in a
sudden catastrophic failure of the deck even though the deck itself may not be involved in the fire. Fire/EMS responders may also
be at risk if an EMS call requires EMS equipment, such as a gurney, be brought onto a deck in addition to the responders. The highest concentration of sales of this product was in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and states west of
the Mississippi River according to the manufacturer's web site. An Information Bulletin issued in January 2009, provided information on lightweight construction and engineered lumber
stability under fire conditions.