A staircase is not only a platform that gets you from one floor to another. It also serves as a statement at home, something that completes the look of your interiors. However, it is also a fact that accidents do happen in staircases.
To avoid such unfortunate incidents, there are safety guidelines issued by the Building Code of Australia and the ones recommended by professional builders. Ackworth House says that your staircase manufacturer is surely — and they should be — aware of this.
Here is a brief guideline on how to make staircases safer to use:
The location of the staircase should be decided early on. Normally, staircases should be placed strategically in the center for ease of access from different parts of the house.
2. Space and size
The Building Code of Australia laid down guidelines and specific measurements that public and private properties should have. Among other specifications, a staircase should not have more than 18 or less than two rises in each flight.
Be sure you have adequate space to build a staircase that would allow you to have ease of access. Do not forget to include the dimensions of your staircase in your design plans.
Balustrades and handrails are necessary for every staircase, as it helps prevent accidents that can pose serious damages or even detrimental ones.
There is a wide range of materials you can use to build you a staircase. You can use glass, wood, concrete and even stainless steel. You can mix and match it depending on your liking and your budget.
A well-lighted staircase can help prevent falling, and so is installing slip-proof mats and carpets.
Make your staircase people friendly without compromising its aesthetic effects to your homes by keeping these simple guidelines in mind. Happy building!