When is a handrail required on both sides of stairs?
Thursday, March 26, 2020
A handrail is only required on one side of a stair with four or more risers (three or more treads), per the International Residential Code (IRC 311.7.8). There is no requirement for a handrail at both sides of a residential stair, although it is an excellent safety precauation, especially for seniors. Public buildings that must be Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant require a handrail at both sides.
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