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Stair Handrail Extensions
Safety terminations to the end of handrails that provide a rounded non snag end and that extend past the last riser line of the stair.

stair handrail extensions

The stairs in public and semi-public places are in many jurisdictions required to use these safety terminals

  • In general where there is room they extend at the top and the bottom of the stairs by around 300 to 450 or 12" to 18".
  • They are designed to be non snag. That is they will not catch one clothes or handbags etc. (Imagine someone running to catch a train and being thrown off balance at the top of a flight.
  • Safety stair extensions are there to give a visual indication of a start of end of a stair or ramp..
  • They do the same for visually impaired people who get a tactile indication of the start or end of a stair or ramp.
handrail safey terminals

The sloping sections follows the rules for the handrail height and then at the level section they get their height from the landing/balustrade heights.

extended stair handrail

Where the handrail extension would protrude into normal traffic not using the stair, then they are terminated at the corner as in the photo above. In the top photo on this page they do protrude to the normal footpath edge.

handrail safety terminals

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