Make sure your Balustrade’s safety

April 3rd, 2012  Posted at   Uncategorized
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Nowadays, Balustrade is trend to be a decoration both indoor and outdoor rather than just a facility of stairs or decks. Although the unavoidable fact that, people are looking for modern materials or new designed balustrades, we could not ignore the safety issues. As the balustrades are always found on the balcony, indoor and outdoor stairs, as well as decks. The original functions of balustrade is to protect people from falling down the paths they are walking on.

So, it is important that owners and occupiers of all types of buildings conduct regular checks on balustrades and railings in their premises to ensure they meet building code requirements and are safe to use.

There are couples of potential hazards exist:

1. Children may get their heads, arms or legs caught in the space between balustrade openings.

2. Babies and kids may fall through openings if the gaps are too wide.

3. Children may fall off the balcony or stairs if they are able to climb over the balcony or stairs baluster.

Before selecting correct companies, you have to look up the Australian Standard.

1. Balustrades must be at least 1 meter high.

2.Any openings in the balustrade should not allow a 12.5cm sphere (round ball) to pass through.

3.Where the balcony or deck is more than 4 meters above a surface below, the barrier must not in corporate horizontal or near horizontal (climbing) elements between 15cm and 76 cm above the floor surface.

The most important thing is to select a qualified company, rather than the judgements on prices only.

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