Stairs are an essential part of most homes and are also generally the most dangerous place of a home. If you live in a home that has stairs it is important to always pay attention when climbing the stairs It is also important to teach any children that use the stairs to be careful and not use them as a play toy. If you are at all unsteady on the stairs as might be the case of those effected by injury or illness, a stair lifting aid, like a stair lift, might be a good option.
It is also essential that you keep the stairs clear of obstacles that could obstruct your travel up and down the stairs It is easy to set something down on the stairs but this moment or two that you save can easily result in an accidental fall and injury. It is essential that you do not place objects on the stairs or use it as a storage area. While generally those who are younger are less likely to hurt themselves on the stairs many accidents among children are as a result of playing on the stairs The stairs should not be used as a jungle gym or as a play area. They are not meant to run up or slid down and while this might sound appealing to a young child, it can quickly end in tragedy. If you have small children than a safety gate should be used at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Attention is now being given to the ability of the vertical post’s strength when hit by various degrees of lateral thrust pressure. These new directives, requiring the vertical rail post to support a minimum of 200 lbs. of lateral thrust, is making engineered stair systems extremely popular, with their ability to withstand over 500 lbs of lateral thrust for the ’rail post support’ structural sections of the overall decking plans.
Other codes address "rail post support" safety. A rail post per code regulations is required to support a lateral load of 200 lbs. This is a poorly enforced area of the code and with many inspectors content with the bump test. If it doesn’t move too much when they bump it with their hip, the rail will pass inspection. Many rail posts are simply lagged or nailed to the rim joists and post which are mounted directly to the deck surface will simply not meet code. The tragedy is, there are systems available on the market that correctly address this problem. Simpson, USP and Deck-Loc have brackets which will meet code for rim joist attachment but there’s only one adjustable bracket system (discussed below) which will meet code for wood or composite stairs.
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