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Is a handrail required on both sides of a stair?
Sunday, January 10, 2021
"Handrails shall be provided on not less than one side of each continuous run of treads or flight with four or more risers,” according to the International Residential Code (IRC-311.7.8) and the Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code. So a handrail is only required on one side of a residential stair, but commercial construction codes often require a handrail on both sides. Also see our blog posts What are the building code requirements for a handrail at stairs? and What is the difference between a handrail and a guardrail?
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