19th July 2021
According to UK Building Regulations, if the difference between levels is 600mm or more then a Balustrade must be installed to prevent falls and injuries. Balustrades can be installed in both raised and sunken areas in residential and commercial spaces from stairs to rooftops to basements.
It is important to remember that Balustrades are required to be various different heights depending on the type of building and the area of said building they will be installed in, these regulations are as follows:
As previously mentioned, when there is a drop over 600mm (or just under 2ft) in a domestic property, a Balustrade should be installed to eliminate safety concerns.
In the case of landings, stairs, ramps and internal floor edges, the Balustrade should comply with the regulation height of at least 900mm (or just under 3ft).
For more high-risk areas such as external and Juliet balconies, Balustrades should be at least 1100mm (or just over 3 and a half ft) high.
The Balustrade regulations regarding buildings that accommodate for children under the age of five differ slightly, and include extra rules to make sure that every child is kept safe in these sorts of environments.
Anyone looking to install Balustrades in these types of buildings should make sure that the railings of the Balustrade are spaced in a way that a 100mm sphere cannot pass through any gap. This will prevent the all too common problem of children getting stuck in gaps of these sorts of fixtures.
Building regulations further consider the safety of young children by advising that any building occupied by under-fives should not feature Balustrades with horizontal railings, as this limits a child’s ability to climb the Balustrade and risk falling or injury.
Wire Balustrades can be a great way to add safety combined with style to any outdoor domestic area or keep operations running in any commercial, industrial or assembly building. As long as you stick to these regulations, you will have satisfied clients and work you can be proud of every time.
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