Graphical Construction Glossary >> stairs. >> general >> Handrails
The main point behind these rails is that they are there for safety. To stop someone from falling down a stair, to stop someone from falling over a balcony or to just assist older people and give a sense of security.
The sketch at the side illustrates some points from our building regs in Australia in the BCA. Your regulations may differ slightly.
A hardwood stair handrail showing the vertical or gooseneck section previously mentioned.
In certain case on stairs and ramps it is advisable (but not specifically regulated in private homes), to fix wall mounted rails. These come in various styles with different methods of fixing.
In situations like this where a doorway has a landing outside it and that the drop is less than 1m then there is no need for a landing inside private property, however as this is on a public street then it would be required.
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