Gripable handrailing refers to the safety railing that usually looks like a long pole, attached to the side of your stair guard railing or a wall next to the stairway. The picture below provide you with an excellent example of a gripable handrail.
These rails are designed to provide you with something to hold onto, just in case you slip or need additional assistance while descending or climbing a set of stairs. These rails need to be sturdy and should meet local building code requirements.
Most building and safety codes, require these
handrails to withstand a certain amount of pressure, before they fail.
Check with your local Building and Safety Department, before building
anything, just to verify their minimum requirements.
Don't confuse a gripable handrail with a guard rail. A guard railing is used to protect people from falling off of the stairway or stair landings, while the gripable handrail is used to steady someone's balance and give them something to hold onto, while climbing or walking down a set of stairs.
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