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What if your balcony isn’t safe?

The design of a balcony, patio or raised deck has strict rules to ensure the safety of all the users. Also, did you know that there is a difference between a handrail and a guardrail? Listen to our video to see how each one is used and to help you have a safe time in the backyard.

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First of all, where the risk of falling is from 600 to 1800 mm, i.e. from 2 to almost 6 feet. A solidly fixed guardrail, with a minimum height of 900 mm, i.e. 36 inches, is mandatory. On the other hand, if the risk of falling is greater than 6 feet, its height should be 1000 mm, i.e. 42 inches. In order to prevent young children from venturing in and injuring themselves, the guardrail should not include any horizontal element that would encourage climbing. Also, the location of the balusters of the guardrail should not allow the introduction of an object 100 mm, i.e. 4 inches, the size of a child’s head.

As for exterior stairs, any staircase with three or more risers will have to meet the same requirements as those mentioned above. In addition, it must have a handrail on at least one side that will be between 800 and 965 mm, i.e. between 32 and 38 inches above the nosing of the steps. In the case of a staircase of 1100 mm or 43 inches wide or more, there must be a handrail on both sides of the staircase.

Maintenance of the balcony components is essential to ensure that they remain solid and secure. Among other things, the surface should allow water to drain away from the building and the structural assembly should rest on bases that are protected from rot and prevent movement due to frost.

Be aware that an accident resulting from non-compliance with these rules could make the owner of the premises liable in court.

If you have any questions regarding Building Code requirements or regulatory or standard requirements, do not hesitate to contact our experts.

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