Graphical Construction Glossary >> stairs. >> general >> Stair Flight
As far as regulations go, a quarter landing is considered sufficient to halt a falling person, but the winding turns and spiral stair shown here are not considered enough to halt a fall, so as far as the regulations go the illustrations shown here are considered single flights of stairs.
The important concept here is that though a flight of stairs is mostly in a straight line, it can take any of the forms shown here and also combinations of them.
A flight does not have any landings, and a flight in most jurisdictions and especially with public access is limited to a certain number of steps, so if the design calls for a landing the the stair has to be split into separate flights.
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