Lower Handrail Extension

The picture above is a good example of a lower stairway handrail extension. The extension on the right protrudes out, while the one on the left makes a 90° turn. Both types of these extensions are acceptable and provide the users with additional handrailing to hold onto for safety.

The lower stairway handrail shall extend 12 inches beyond the first riser of the stairway.

Exemptions: Private stairways do not require handrail extensions. Handrails may have their starting point from a volute or newel within the first tread. However, these building codes are interpreted by different building departments, so check with your local building department, for more information.

Attention: Don't forget to check with your local building department to verify any building codes on this website. This information could be incorrect or outdated.

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