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Do handrails have to return to the wall?
Monday, April 13, 2020
The ends of a handrail have to return to the wall for safety, to avoid getting a handbag or piece of clothing snagged on an open end and causing a fall. Here’s how it is stated in the International Residential Code (IRC):
A safety terminal is any type of handrail termination that elimates the possiblity of something getting snagged on it. Here’s an example of a newel post below:
And here’s two exceptions allowed by the code:
Also, see our blog posts What is the difference between a handrail and a guardrail? and What is a grippable handrail? and When is a handrail required on both sides of stairs? and How long should a handrail be on stairs? and How many exterior steps require a handrail?
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